Empowered women can make change.
The Gender and Development (GAD) celebrated the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018 with emphasis on the capacity of women to address the problem of climate change.
The resource persons, all women, rallied the faculty, staff and students to act and help in mitigating the effect of the climate change.
Ms. Katherine Firmeza, presented the different perspective of women’s role in her talk entitled Women in Climate Action. She was the former Senior Program Coordinator of the Climate Change Commission-United Nation Development Program– New Zealand Assistance Program Project ReBUILD.
The women in science and technology was discussed by Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF) President Dr. Godelyn G. Hisole. She also underscored womens’ capacity to make changes. Dr. Hisole was a faculty member and the first Dean of the College of Engineering of ISAT U before becoming president of the Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF), Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.
To stress the power of women in environmental awareness, Ms. Flosyl Piad-Almirante was invited as resource person in the Lecture-Forum on the Youth and Climate Change. Ms Almirante is the Environment and Natural Resource Officer of the Municipality of Dumangas Iloilo. She accentuated that the Philippines is fourth of the most affected country by climate change and the role of Filipino youth and women to help heal the environment.
Aside from lectures, free blood sugar testing, health check-up, free massage and health lectures were given to the faculty and staff as part of the International Women’s Month celebration.