Gender Politics in the Philippines is featured in Series 05 – September 2020
A strong suit of the Political Science Department, Gender Politics in the Philippines is featured in Series 05 – September 2020 by authors Rallonza, Lao, Berse, and Mendoza. They tackle diverse issues and share the common thread of identifying empowerment spaces for women through remembering, practice and institutional embeddedness.
The “unraveling of women’s power” (Rallonza 2020) are “narrative snapshots” of “women rights as human rights ” (Rallonza 2015), ”tales” of indigenous women and their resilience (Rallonza 2016) as well as counter “hegemonic narratives” of violence and conflict. These are the predominant themes in the series, that frame the pioneering accomplishments of the Philippines in institutions building for women rights as human rights: the National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security (NAP WPS); inter-agency conversations on human rights (Rallonza 2014; 2015); and participation in the global campaigns against VAWC in the country (Mendoza 2019), among others.
From the margins to the forefront. From placeholders to stakeholders (Berse and Lao, 2015). From victimization to empowerment. And from elites to the routinary and the “mundane” spaces (Rallonza 2019; Lao 2017), these are the stories of women who “commit to a life of agency” (Rallonza, 2015).