Blogs by Filipina Feminists

They’re not as easy to find through Google as international feminist blogs – here are some blogs by Filipina feminists, ranging from those focused on pop culture to laws and policies and from life as a mother to Philippine politics.

  1. Pleasure and Subversion by Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio
  2. Sampaguita Girl, a blog on “literature, feminism, and progressive politics” by Filipino-American M.T. Vallarta
  3. My Ecdysis, by Lisa Factora-Borchers
  4. Papers, Pursuits and Purrsuasions by Cindy Cruz-Cabrera
  5. Feminism for a Filipina, a blog by a “twentysomething student”
  6. New Filipina/Bagong Pinay by artist Perla Daly
  7. Writer Ana Santos‘ full blog
  8. Tanglad, a blog by a “Filipina feminist, runner, activist, cyclist, dog-lover mom”
  9. To be a Woman is to Live in a Time of War by poet Joi Barrios

ADMU Journals Online

The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), through the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work, has six Online Journals accessible to the public. Some articles have full text e-copies while others have abstracts, both of which are downloadable in .pdf formats.

Research-based articles, book reviews, opinion pieces and creative work may be searched for in one or across all the journals. One may easily look for articles on feminism, women or gender.

To browse through and download e-copies of the articles, users are required to register in the website, which takes less than a minute to accomplish.

Books on Feminism in the Philippines

The following books on feminism in the Philippines are available online, in full text and extended preview.

  1. Feminism, Activism and Prostitution in the Philippines by Meredith Ralston and Edna Keeble (2009)
  2. Women’s Political Participation: Conversations, Reflections, and Recommendations by Aida Santos-Maranan, Nancy Endrinal Parreno, and Alinaya Fabros (2007)
  3. Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory by Melinda de Jesus (2005)
  4. Selected Readings in Women’s Studies in the Philippines by Carolyn Sobritchea, Ed. (2004)

Organizations on Women’s Studies

The Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS) is an institution that links feminist education and research in Asia. It holds various academic fora on feminist topics pertinent to the region, and holds a Congress every three years. The last AAWS Congress was in 2013. Those interested in becoming a member may do so online through their Membership Page.

At the national level, the Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP) is the one organization that coordinates academic and non-academic efforts to advance women’s studies. It held its 9th National Conference in 2013.

The Center for Women’s Studies (CWS) is the system-wide institution in University of the Philippines that coordinates and promotes its women’s and gender studies programs and activities. Its programs include “research, publication, curriculum development, training and outreach, and the services–crisis counseling and day care facility” (CWS Facebook Page).  Its office is in UP Diliman.

Work Opportunities in Women’s Organizations

Below are links to regularly posted job vacancies in some women’s organizations.

  1. Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) – the “national machinery for gender equality and women’s empowerment” in  the Philippines
  2. The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) -a network of organizations in Asia fighting for women’s human rights and working towards women’s empowerment
  3. The Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) – a global Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights (SRHR) advocacy network
  4. Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) – an organization working for “gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights”
  5. The Global Fund for Women (GFW) – “an international grantmaking foundation that supports groups working to advance the human rights of women and girls”

Introductory Books on Feminism

Help yourself to some full books on feminism and feminist theory that are available online, listed below. Most of them are in .pdf format and may be saved in your computers.

  1. Feminism and Social Change: Bridging Theory and Practice by Heidi Gottfried, Ed. (1996)
  2. What is Feminism? by Chris Beasley (1999)
  3. Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks (2000)
  4. Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development by Jane Parpart, M. Patricia Connelly, and V. Eudine Barriteau, Eds. (2000)
  5. Feminism by Jane Freedman (2001)
  6. Feminist Political Theory: An Introduction by Valerie Bryson (2003)
  7. An Introduction to Modern Feminist Theory by Jennifer Rich, Ed. (2007)
  8. Feminist Philosophy Reader by Alison Bailey and Chris Cuomo, Eds. (2008)
  9. Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction by Rosemarie Tong (2009)
  10. Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives by Carol McCann and Seung Kyung Kim, Eds. (2013)

Articles on the History of Philippine Feminism

Here are some of the better online articles  about the history of feminism in the Philippines.

  1. Roots of Feminist Thought in the Philippines by Lilia Quindoza-Santiago (1996)
  2. Filipino Women and Political Engagement by Belinda Aquino (1993)
  3. The Women of the First Quarter Storm of 1970: Women FullyEngaged in the Making of History by Dr. Judy Taguiwalo (2005)
  4. Flight of the Filipina Phoenix: The Rise of Pinay Feminism by Mel Castillo (2007)
  5. Brief History of the Filipino Women’s Struggle for Participation in Politics by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung  (2001)
  6. Filipino Feminism a Sociology of Gender project at the Florida International University (2013)
  7. Early Feminism in the Philippines by  Athena Lydia Casambre and Steven Rood (2012)

WGSS Resources Website

The Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and American Library Association (ALA) has resources for readers and researchers. 

The have lists of Women’s Studies Resources in Digital Archives, links to Women and Gender Studies Websites, a collection of Women and Gender Studies Serials, and a database of Women and Gender Studies Books. Access to journals and books vary – some provide online copies with open access while others have only links to where readers can buy hard copies.

Training Courses on Women/Gender and Development Work 2014

Some of the more affordable (P5,000-P10,000 fee) and accessible (from Metro Manila) training courses for women/gender and development students, teachers, researchers, direct practitioners and interested others are the following.

  1. The Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) in Miriam College offers training courses on gender and development topics. Their Summer 2014 Activities include gender-responsive planning and budgeting, gender-fair education, human rights, and migration.
  2.  The Research, Extension and Development Office (REDO) in UP Diliman regularly offers training courses on development work. Their Training Courses for 2014 include topics such as monitoring and evaluation, community organizing, and advocacy work.
  3. UP Los Banos’ Research, Development and Extension Office (UPLB R&E) also has regular training courses for researchers and other development workers. The availability of training courses, however, vary according to demand. Among those offered in 2014 are Courses for Researchers and Training Personnel and Courses for Teachers and Educators.