Originally named Center for Women’s Studies and Development (CWSD), the Silliman University Center for Gender and Development Studies is the first academe-based women’s studies center in the Philippines established in 1981.
To be at the forefront in the promotion of gender-fair education and a sustainable future through gender mainstreaming in Negros Oriental and beyond
Provision of services in the promotion of gender-fair education and gender integration in public policy for implementation in academic and non-academic organizations and institutions in Negros Oriental and beyond
- To raise the level of consciousness of the academic and greater community through the inclusion of gender issues in the curriculum;
- To engage in research and undertake projects for the advancement of gender issues;
- To conduct outreach programs, activities, and services in the community to address gender issues;
- To provide a pool of resource persons and a reading resource for the university and the community; and
- To collaborate with local government units, non-government organizations, people’s organizations and other agencies for the promotion of best practices in gender empowerment.
Current Activities of the Center
- Collection of feature films, documentaries and clips on gender for use by anyone in the University and the public-at-large
- Coming up with books written in the Philippine languages for use in the elementary schools that are gender sensitive
- Gender-awareness raising in elementary and high schools in the locality through consultancy, talks, and service-learning
- Active collaboration with LGUs to make their own Gender and Development Program, which had been mandated by the national government, active and effective
- Formulate research proposal which are inter-disciplinary on teen-age sexuality
- Reactivate the involvement of faculty associates asap since this was one of the strengths of the Center some years back (individual competence of faculty associates; cross disciplinal)
- Invite experts and fellows to the Center for linkages and collaborative studies