Department of Women and Development Studies

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. 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 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.

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Teresita V. Barrameda, DSD

Department Chair

Associate Professor 5


Rowena Laguilles-Timog, DSD

Assistant Professor 2


Roselle Leah K. Rivera

Associate Professor 4


Nathalie Lourdes A. Verceles, DSD

Associate Professor 6


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