Department of Women and Development Studies

Department Chair

Sylvia E. Claudio, Ph.D.
Professor 8

Faculty Members

Teresita V. Barrameda
Associate Professor 5

Rowena A. Laguilles 
Senior Lecturer 1

Roselle Leah K. Rivera 

Associate Professor 4

Nathalie Lourdes A. Verceles
Assistant Professor 6

Professorial Lecturer:

Rosalinda P. Ofreneo, Ph.D.
Prof Lecturer 5




About DWDS

The Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS), whose creation was approved by the UP Board of Regents on March 29, 2000,  was originally the Women and Development Program which was established in 1987. The DWDS’ Diploma and Master of Arts in Women and Development are pioneering programs in women and gender studies in the  Asia-Pacific region and remain the only ones being offered in the philippines. The DWDS aims to provide a historical and comprehensive perspective to the study of gender and development particularly in the context of the South and the Philippines.

Its objectives include:

  • To examine the conditions and positions of women and men in the local, national, regional, and global setting;
  • To conduct and disseminate researches toward greater participation and empowerment of women in the context of more equitable gender relations;
  • To assess development frameworks and strategies as these affect women and men, and encourage the formulation and propagation of alternatives which aim to strengthen the women’s movements and organizations vis-à-vis larger formations of women and men;
  • To critique existing theories and at the same time engage in theory building which can better capture the realities and perspectives of women and men in the philippines and other countries in the South;
  • To provide theoretical knowledge and advanced competencies in gender-related teaching , research, project and program planning and management, gender mainstreaming, organizing and training through direct field experiences; and
  • To facilitate advocacy of women’s and gender issues and networking for gender equality, and women’s rights and empowerment.

Click here for the DWDS Alumnae testimonials.

Curricular Offerings

The Women and Development Program (WDP) provides invaluable opportunities for participants to be directly involved in activities which empower women. It grants two graduate degrees:

Diploma in  Women and Development

 The  diploma program is designed as an intermediate program for individuals interested in women’s and gender studies as an academic discipline which relates theory to practice, and which brings them to contact with development practitioners and expose them to actual field experiences. Students may proceed to MAWD program after completion.

Master of Arts in Women and Development.

MAWD provides advanced training for women and gender advocates, educators, development practitioners and other interested individuals, both women and men aiming to be better organizers, educators, trainers, researchers, project  and program planners and managers, policy formulators and extension workers by situating their activities in the context of feminist and development theories.

Two tracks are offered from which students can choose depending on their interests and needs.

Two tracks are offered from which students can choose depending on their interests and needs.


Requirements for Graduation





Click here for the DWDS Program Curricula, Field Instruction Guide and DWDS Brochure.


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