The undergraduate scholars and the DOST 7 enablers during the “Orientation and Forum on Safe, Secure, and Free from Gender Bias Education” on August 17, 2022 via zoom platform

“Prevent and stop gender-based discrimination in school premises,” this is the advocacy of the Department of Science and Technology Region 7 (DOST R7) the reason why it spearheaded an Orientation and Forum on “Safe, Secure, and Free from Gender Bias Education” to the members of the Peer GAD Responders who are undergraduate scholars from Bohol, Negros Oriental and Cebu on August 17, 2022 via zoom platform.

The orientation and forum heightened the capacity of the members of the Peer GAD Responders on the manifestation of Gender Biases (Marginalization, Subordination, Gender Stereotyping, Multiple Burden Violence) in the educational institution and the Mandates that prevent Violence and Discrimination which include the Republic Act 11313 Safe Spaces Act, RA 9262 Anti Violence Against Women and Children, RA 7877 Anti Sexual Harassment Act, and  RA 8353 Anti-Rape Law. These inputs were provided by Dr. Anabelle Maglasang, a GAD coordinator from the Office of the Student Affairs of the University of the Philippines Cebu.

Police Lieutenant Fe Leyros Altubar, and Ms. Ananisa Aviso of the Department of Social Welfare and Development also shared to the DOST Scholars the programs, interventions, and protocols of their respective offices in responding gender based issues and abuse.

Ms. Keith Nicole Salces, a DOST undergraduate scholar of Bohol Island State University Main Campus (BISU) said, “the online forum/training was such a successful event. It provided us very informative and timely presentations that will help and guide us to our journey in becoming good peer GAD facilitators.”

DOST 7 created the Peer GAD Responders Mechanism to help stop and prevent the onset of discrimination in campus premises to help create a conducive, safe and secure environment for the students.

The Peer GAD Responders Mechanism is composed of fifteen (15) undergraduate scholars who will help provide peer support and coordinate with appropriate institutions to foster response to cases of gender issues and abuse such as sexualization of girls, discrimination against Women and LGBT groups, discrimination in school policies, gender stereotyping, and bullying/harassment of other genders in the colleges and universities of Region 7. (by: Myrel M. Siason)