UST Hiraya all set for First Women’s Week

We The Pvblic

UST Hiraya, the pioneer Intersectional Feminist organization in the University of Santo Tomas recognized by the University of Santo Tomas Office for Student Affairs (OSA), invites the Thomasian community for the launching of the first Women’s Week in UST from March 5-8, 2018.

Women’s Week begins with “Hiraya Talks: Feminism”, a 3-hour lecture on the history and development of the Feminist Movement. The lecture will be conducted by Atty. Ma. Golda Gigi Minoza, a lecturer at Miriam College. It will be held on March 5, 2018 at the UST Tan Yan Kee (TYK) Student Center Auditorium from 12nn to 4:30 p.m.

Simultaneously, a 3-day hair drive dubbed “Project Tangled: UST Hiraya Share Your Hair Drive” will be launched at the University of Santo Tomas Tan Yan Kee Lobby from March 5 to 7 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through Project Tangled, Thomasian students who wish to donate their locks will receive a free haircut in time for summer. All proceeds will be given to Hair For Hope Philippines, a nonprofit organization which manufactures medical wigs for women and children who lost their hair to cancer chemotherapy and other medical reasons.

On March 6, 2018, UST Hiraya launches two projects at the University of Santo Tomas Tan Yan Kee Auditorium, a self-defense workshop entitled “Grit & Grace” and a film-showing event entitled “Kababaihan Kulturang Pelikula”. Through Grit & Grace, participants will be capacitated to defend themselves in dangerous situations unarmed. The instructors will be provided by the UST Filipino Martial Arts. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12nn. The self-defense workshop will be immediately followed by Kababaihan Kulturang Pelikula which features a line-up of Filipino films that promote social awareness and women empowerment. The film-showing will run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The following day, March 7, a forum and symposium will be held at the UST Thomas Aquinas Research Complex (TARC) Auditorium. From the morning of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Women of Science: A Forum on the Representation of Women in the Field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in the Philippines” will commence to provide Thomasians a platform to discuss the lack of representation of women and microaggression experienced by women in male-dominated industries.

Dr Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, PhD, a professor at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila University and Engr. Vina Marie O. Ignacio-Rivera, the President of Charte Consultancy Corporation, an Engineering consultancy and general contractor, grace the event with their presence as the forum’s distinguished speakers. From the afternoon of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., “Boss Babe: A Women Empowerment Symposium” will be held and will feature prominent Filipino women from various industries who will share their own experiences of empowerment in their respective fields.

To formally conclude Women’s Week, a concert entitled “#HERvolution: UST Women’s Week Concert 2018” will be held at the UST Grand Stand and Parade Grounds from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Through #HERvolution, Thomasians will be entertained by a concert featuring mostly Thomasian artists and a special guest performer.

UST Hiraya hopes that through Women’s Week, there will be more safe spaces in campus for the discussion of women’s issues in the university.

Women’s Week is supported by its official partners WeThePvblic,, Frappe la Rue, the Thomasian Cable Television (TOMCAT), Sausage Alley, and DKD Metalcraft.

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