Women and Development Studies Graduates Speak

LOREN UMALI
MAWD 2000
Deputy Executive Director, Philippine Commission on Women

A milestone has been achieved — proud to finish my MAWD in 2000
A path has begun – now a member of the management committee of the Philippine Commission on Women Dreams are shining as the sun — have expanded my local and international network and guided a lot of local government units, agencies and countries in Gender Advocacy A Victory is won — have helped save women’s lives with sharpness in arguing I gained from the CSWCD. Imagine it, you win it — enroll in MAWD, my best investment!

HEATHER HURWITZ, USA

MAWD 2002

I came to the MAWD program because it is the only women and development program of its kind in Asia at the top University in the Philippines. I continue to praise the program because it is unique around the world, as the most genuine and rigorous fieldwork-based-approach to professional development work training, particularly on women/gender/feminist issues. I will always be inspired by the incredible friends and mentors, and the creative resistances of women throughout the Philippines that I experienced through the MAWD program. The program helped to prepare me to continue to study women and globalization issues as I work toward my PhD in Sociology.

AYAKO SAKASHITA, Japan
MAWD 2003

The days in women and development (WD) are definitely indispensable for who I am now. WD made me continue to always keep asking myself “what is happening now”, “who are involved and how involved” and “how to solve/ improve”, by which I believe my analytical and conceptualizing skills are greatly improved. With the skills and passion that I developed in WD, I am now engaged in various Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) endeavors.

LALAINE VIADO, MAWD 2006, worked as MDG3 Regional Coordinator for Asia, Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP)

I was 24 years old when i enrolled in the program (MAWD) and I badly wanted to undergo a substantial life change… maybe from being “just” a human rights activist to a human rights-feminist-activist. Call that one word a substantial makeover with my entry to MAWD. Years later I finished the degree, but I haven’t finished the business of that F word. Society is now harsher to women, oppressive elements have mutated into new forms, and patriarchy still has many faces. My degree trained me well to see in the darkness and fight back. I wanted a life change; I want society to change.

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