Boac, Marinduque – The Marinduque State college gender and development unit in collaboration with the regional GAD and Marinduque provincial government brings together research and training about gender and gad-related issues and concerns with the theme “understanding gender development: transforming lives, eradicating violence against women and children,” through November 15-17 at MSC audio-visual room and via online platform.

Based on the statement from MSC GAD, the 1st Gender and Development – MSC GAD National Research Conference is an academic activity that shall be an online gathering of researchers from different disciplines to create an avenue and opportunity for the faculty members, staffs and students to showcase their outputs and update the academe that centers around the exploration of gender and development and its intersections with violence against women and children.

On the first day, there is a plenary session from Dr. Raveenthiran Vivekananthan in the morning and some research presentation after lunch. Some of the topics covered are social expectations, gender-based violence, homosexual parents and children, TRACE studies and pre-service skills. Then on the second and third day, the RGADC. Mimaropa would be facilitating gender training on the following topics: SOGIESC, GAD focal point system, gender mainstreaming and analysis, harmonized gender and development guidelines and GAD planning and budgeting.

The MSC GAD director Dr. Gerald Gutierrez emphasized the online and onsite presentation-training seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding gender roles, norms, and identities while addressing the urgent need to combat violence and create safer environment.