The key message is that human rights are not abstract concepts that have been imposed on us by the West. They are concrete day-to-day activities that make it possible for us to determine whether or not our quality of life befits human beings. Duty bearers, i.e., those in government, are bound by virtue of their position and authority to enable the exercise, protection and fulfillment of human rights by citizens. When they are remiss, Philippine history teaches us that segments of the citizenry muster the courage to organize and resist human rights violations in various ways and levels, starting from the margins.

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Position: Assistant Professor 1
Areas of Specialization: project development and management, monitoring and evaluation, leadership and advocacy, organizational development, teambuilding, community organizing, children’s organizing, training, mentoring and capacity building, teaching and supervision, case management, child rights, among others

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Position: Faculty, Department of Social work
Nancy Endrinal Parreño graduated from the University of the Philippines with degrees in creative writing (B.A.) and social work, specializing in community organizing (M.A.). Her work is mainly focused women’s human rights in its various settings: abuse of women in intimate relationships, organizing and political participation, and disasters.