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Women and the All UP Unions: Mainstreaming the Women’s Agenda – An Integrated Field Work Paper – Abstract and Blog List

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Jelina (Jeng) Tetangco and I wrote the research paper “Women and the All UP Unions: Mainstreaming the Women’s Agenda – An Integrated Field Work Paper” as the final requirement for our field work with the All UP Workers Union and the All UP Academic Employees Union from November 2007 to March 2008.

It was our honor to have done fieldwork and research on the organization’s first analysis conducted of women’s participation, the mainstreaming of their agenda, and the consolidation of the gender committee and All UP Women’s Solidarity.

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This paper has been divided into the following blogs:

Table of Contents

Glossary of Terms

Introduction

Investigation of the UP Union Women-Members’ Participation

Production of Gender Disaggregated Data: All UP Workers Union

Consolidation of the Gender Committee

Consolidation of the All UP Women Solidarity

Assessment of Achievement and Gaps in Addressing Gender Issues

Bibliography

“Women and the All UP Unions: Mainstreaming the Women’s Agenda – An Integrated Field Work Paper” written Jelina Tetangco and Cindy Cruz-Cabrera | March 2008

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Women and the All UP Unions: Mainstreaming the Women’s Agenda – An Integrated Field Work Paper – Table of Contents

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Glossary of Gender Terms………………………………………………………….4

INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………5

Background on the All UP Unions……………………………………………….5 View the pictures →

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Women and the All UP Unions: Mainstreaming the Women’s Agenda – An Integrated Field Work Paper – Glossary of Gender Terms

Gender

A socio-cultural construction which: a) defines and informs notions of femininity and masculinity, where each sex behaves according to these notions or socially and culturally dictated identities and is expected to perform social roles and tasks assigned to it; and b) are mistakenly believed to be natural and inherent.

Gender equality

A quality or state of society where the both personal relations and social, economic and political structures and institutions (the economy, the family, the state, religion, the educational system and the mass media) are structured in a non-dominating way to allow the development of the full potential and creativity and self-determination of every woman and man. A term which reflects an equal sharing of power between women and men, in their equal access to education, health, administrative and managerial positions, equal pay for work of equal value and equal seats in parliament, among others. Continue reading

Women and the All UP Unions: Mainstreaming the Women’s Agenda – An Integrated Field Work Paper – Introduction

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Background on the All UP Unions

The All UP Workers Union was established in July 1987 for all employees belonging to the administration, REPS and faculty sectors of the University of the Philippines. Its principles and objectives are the following:

  • To devote itself to the promotion and protection of the economic and democratic rights and the general welfare of all employees, especially the administrative sector, in the University by
    • Securing for its members the most just and reasonable terms of employment; and
    • Eliminate oppressive features of employment; View the pictures →

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Investigation of the UP Union Women-Members’ Participation

FIELDWORK OUTPUT DELIVERABLES: Objective #1

Investigation of the UP Union Women-Members’ Participation

Investigation of the Women-Members’ Participation Through the SURVEY

 

A.            Objectives of Survey

  • To determine the factors that affect members’ involvement (whether active or not active) in the Union;
  • To surface both the members’ awareness on the Gender Committee and their levels of consciousness about gender-specific issues; and
  • To elicit members’ suggestions on how to increase the participation and active involvement of women members in the union’s activities Continue reading


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Production of Gender Disaggregated Data: All UP Workers Union

FIELDWORK OUTPUT DELIVERABLES: Objective #2

 Production of Gender Disaggregated Data: All UP Workers Union

Profile of All UP Workers Union Members

The total number of AUWU members is 882, with 418 (47.39%) women and 464 (52.61%) men.

All UP Workers Union:

Breakdown by Sex

Number of Members

Percentage

Female

418

47.39%

Male

464

52.61%

TOTAL

882

100.00%

Table 10: AUWU Breakdown by Sex Continue reading


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Consolidation of the Gender Committee

FIELDWORK OUTPUT DELIVERABLES: Objective #3

Consolidation of the Gender Committee

I.            Introduction

The question of why the All UP Workers Union chose to call the arm for dealing with women’s needs, concerns, and issues a “gender committee” instead of a “women’s committee” had come under the scrutiny and criticism of other field agency partners present during the Second Semester AY 2007-08 Mid-semester Field Presentation discussion held by the Department of Women and Development Studies. Their contention mainly concerned their view that a “gender committee” is not feminist and can neither adequately address women’s practical needs nor raise awareness and transform fixed male-oriented structures within the organization to eventually realize women’s strategic needs, given the maleness of union ideologies, needs, concerns and issues and the resulting marginalization of women in theirs, as per their own experience with unions. Continue reading


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Consolidation of the All UP Women Solidarity

FIELDWORK OUTPUT DELIVERABLES: Objective #4

 Consolidation of the All UP Women Solidarity

Introduction

The All UP Women Solidarity was established by the wives of members of the All UP Workers Union in order to have a voice in the community and support their husbands in their struggle to uphold employees’ rights and their participation in union activities relating to national issues. Their roles as wives and mothers render them accountable for the nurturance and maintenance of their husbands, children, and their households alongside their employment and involvement in community activities. Thus in creating the All UP Women Solidarity they are in the company of other women who understand their needs, issues, constraints, problems and concerns in the accomplishment of their reproductive work and are further bound together by their support for the causes of their husbands as part of the Union. Continue reading


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Assessment of Achievement and Gaps in Addressing Gender Issues

FIELDWORK OUTPUT DELIVERABLES: Objective #5

Assessment of Achievement and Gaps in Addressing Gender Issues

ACHIEVEMENTS

  1. Initiative to investigate why women are active or inactive.

The initiative to investigate the non-participation and inactivity of women members is already a step towards gaining a gender lens as an organization. Examining and understanding the interests and experiences of the women sends the message that they are valued members whose participation and potential contribution will not be invisible.

  1. Consolidation of the Gender Committee.

The consolidation of the Gender Committee is an effort toward create safe spaces for women and making the services of paracounseling and legal aid available to them. Continue reading


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Women and the All UP Unions: Mainstreaming the Women’s Agenda – An Integrated Field Work Paper – Bibliography

Adamson, et al. “Chapter 7: Feminist Organizations and Feminist Process.” Feminist Organizing for Change: The Contemporary Women’s Movement in Canada.

 All UP Academic Employees Union: Isang Praymer.

All UP Workers Union. Collective Negotiation Agreement. Quezon City: UP Diliman, 2002.

All UP Workers Union. Constitution and By-Laws: Amended All UP Workers Constitution as of December 7, 2001. Continue reading