Ateneo Law School celebrates Women’s Week

March 13, 2019
The Ateneo Law School Community took part in the celebration of Women’s Week on the first week of March 2019. Led by Urduja Women’s Rights Desk of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, this year’s theme “Hi Miss” We say “Bye MISS!” Let us dismiss Misogyny, Inequality, Sexism, and Stereotyping! – an advocacy of overcoming prejudice against women on the basis of sex.
 
To kick off the celebration, the Urduja Women’s Rights Desk held an exhibit on March 4, 2019 at the Atrium. It showcased boards presenting misogyny, inequality, sexism, and stereotyping. One of the boards highlights how men treat women objectively and how easy it is for them to get away with it. Another shows different statements that labels women and men differently and how women are treated in a different way and with a different standard. Students also have the opportunity to share their experiences anonymously by writing on a space allotted for sexism stories.
 
On March 5, 2019, the Gender and the Law Class organized a forum entitled, “MISS Media: Misogyny, Inequality, Sexism, Stereotyping v. Women in Media,” in Justitia.  Speakers include Nicole Cordoves (Miss Grand International 2016 First Runner-up), Rikki Mathay (Spokesperson and Media Chief, Senate of the Philippines), Gretchen Fullido (Reporter and Entertainment Anchor, ABS-CBN), and Lalaine Dixie Tiangco (Social Media Head, Maynilad Water Services System). 
Lalaine Dixie Tiangco, Social Media Head of MWSS, talks about her experiences as a woman in media industry
Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner Up Nicole Cordoves shares stereotypes against women in pageantry. She focused on the importance of changing perception on women in elimination of prejudice and stereotypes on both genders
Senate Spokesperson and Media Chief Rikki Mathay sharing her appreciation of young women's privilege to live in a generation where women's rights are more acknowledged than before
Entertainment Anchor and Reporter Gretchen Fullido sharing the common "barbie" stereotype on women in the media and entertainment industry

As the title suggests, the topics discussed in the forum include (i) the sexism or prejudice against a woman in media, which include, among others, the tasks assigned, standards set, and promotion; (ii) the objectification of women; (iii) misogyny; (iv) how women in media have handled, if not overcome, discrimination; and (v) the importance of media in spreading awareness on the existence of discrimination and how to address the same. 

 
The fact that the venue was full until the end of the talk was indicative of the interest of the students in the topic. Hopefully, the forum helped this interest grow into a consciousness of the prevalence of misogyny, inequality, sexism, and stereotyping (“MISS”), and eventually a conviction to fight the same.
An open-forum was held after the talk of the speakers. Atty. Richie Pilares served as the moderator of the open forum
After the symposium, one of the guest speakers approached one of the organizers. She said she was grateful for the opportunity to be able to speak about her personal struggles with MISS in media. She was encouraged to see idealistic law students and lawyers who believed her story and shared her conviction to continue to fight MISS. Indeed, this guest speaker’s story is a reminder of why there is a need to celebrate Women’s Week annually; it’s not only to celebrate the victories against women discrimination attained so far, but also to continue to inspire one another to be steadfast, because the fight is not over.
AHRC members and the Gender and the Law Class on the launch of Women's Week exhibit
 

 
 On the Basis of Sex is the story of a woman who found an opportunity in the legal field to repeal gender discrimination.
On the Basis of Sex is the story of a woman who found an opportunity in the legal field to repeal gender discrimination.

Aside from the symposium, the Urduja Women’s Desk, in partnership with Pioneer Films, also hosted an advance screening of On the Basis of Sex on March 8, 2019. This movie is based on the life story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an Associate  Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  It tells about her struggle to pursue a legal education and a career in the legal profession, which was an upstream battle against discrimination on the basis on her being a woman. Her personal experience led her to advocate and argue in the U.S. Supreme Court for the abolition of gender discrimination in U.S. laws.

 

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  • Ateneo Law School celebrates Women’s Week
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    The Ateneo Law School Community took part in the celebration of Women’s Week on the first week of March 2019. Led by Urduja Women’s Rights Desk of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, this year’s theme “Hi Miss” We say “Bye MISS!” Let us dismiss Misogyny, Inequality, Sexism, and Stereotyping! – an advocacy of overcoming prejudice against women on the basis of sex.
     
    To kick off the celebration, the Urduja Women’s Rights Desk held an exhibit on March 4, 2019 at the Atrium. It showcased boards presenting misogyny, inequality, sexism, and stereotyping. One of the boards highlights how men treat women objectively and how easy it is for them to get away with it. Another shows different statements that labels women and men differently and how women are treated in a different way and with a different standard. Students also have the opportunity to share their experiences anonymously by writing on a space allotted for sexism stories.
     
    On March 5, 2019, the Gender and the Law Class organized a forum entitled, “MISS Media: Misogyny, Inequality, Sexism, Stereotyping v. Women in Media,” in Justitia.  Speakers include Nicole Cordoves (Miss Grand International 2016 First Runner-up), Rikki Mathay (Spokesperson and Media Chief, Senate of the Philippines), Gretchen Fullido (Reporter and Entertainment Anchor, ABS-CBN), and Lalaine Dixie Tiangco (Social Media Head, Maynilad Water Services System). 
    Lalaine Dixie Tiangco, Social Media Head of MWSS, talks about her experiences as a woman in media industry
    Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner Up Nicole Cordoves shares stereotypes against women in pageantry. She focused on the importance of changing perception on women in elimination of prejudice and stereotypes on both genders
    Senate Spokesperson and Media Chief Rikki Mathay sharing her appreciation of young women's privilege to live in a generation where women's rights are more acknowledged than before
    Entertainment Anchor and Reporter Gretchen Fullido sharing the common "barbie" stereotype on women in the media and entertainment industry

    As the title suggests, the topics discussed in the forum include (i) the sexism or prejudice against a woman in media, which include, among others, the tasks assigned, standards set, and promotion; (ii) the objectification of women; (iii) misogyny; (iv) how women in media have handled, if not overcome, discrimination; and (v) the importance of media in spreading awareness on the existence of discrimination and how to address the same. 

     
    The fact that the venue was full until the end of the talk was indicative of the interest of the students in the topic. Hopefully, the forum helped this interest grow into a consciousness of the prevalence of misogyny, inequality, sexism, and stereotyping (“MISS”), and eventually a conviction to fight the same.
    An open-forum was held after the talk of the speakers. Atty. Richie Pilares served as the moderator of the open forum
    After the symposium, one of the guest speakers approached one of the organizers. She said she was grateful for the opportunity to be able to speak about her personal struggles with MISS in media. She was encouraged to see idealistic law students and lawyers who believed her story and shared her conviction to continue to fight MISS. Indeed, this guest speaker’s story is a reminder of why there is a need to celebrate Women’s Week annually; it’s not only to celebrate the victories against women discrimination attained so far, but also to continue to inspire one another to be steadfast, because the fight is not over.
    AHRC members and the Gender and the Law Class on the launch of Women's Week exhibit
     

     
     On the Basis of Sex is the story of a woman who found an opportunity in the legal field to repeal gender discrimination.
    On the Basis of Sex is the story of a woman who found an opportunity in the legal field to repeal gender discrimination.

    Aside from the symposium, the Urduja Women’s Desk, in partnership with Pioneer Films, also hosted an advance screening of On the Basis of Sex on March 8, 2019. This movie is based on the life story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an Associate  Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  It tells about her struggle to pursue a legal education and a career in the legal profession, which was an upstream battle against discrimination on the basis on her being a woman. Her personal experience led her to advocate and argue in the U.S. Supreme Court for the abolition of gender discrimination in U.S. laws.