A GABRIELA-USA & BAYAN-USA Organization

Workshops

We offer a number of workshops available for your conference, event, festival, college/university.  All of these are available for adults and youth ages 13+ for a small honorarium.  To reserve a workshop, please email us at or click here and leave us a message.

PAST WORKSHOP VENUES

Women and Gender Studies Department, City University of New York (CUNY) at Hunter College

Multicultural Resource Center, Oberlin College

Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND) Conference, Drexel University

Liga Filipina, Columbia University

Asian Students in America (ASIA), Syracuse University

GlamourBaby Diaries c/o Ruby Veridiano

Fordham University Philippine American Club (FUPAC)

East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), University of Pennsylvania

Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND) Conference: Laban!, University of Maryland, College Park

Kapihan w/ Cornell Filipino Association (CFA), Cornell University

UPCOMING WORKSHOP VENUES

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TOPICAL EDUCATIONAL DISCUSSIONS:

Martial Law Era, 1970s-1980s
Global Economic Crisis, 2008-present
Maguindanao Massacre, 2009
Typhoon Relief Work, 2009-present
Morong 43 Health Workers, 2010
Philippine Elections, 2010
Occupy Wall Street and the Filipino Community, 2011-present

EDUCATIONAL DISCUSSIONS OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC:

Personal Migration
(seen at Pilipinos of Hunter (POH))
Do you know your family’s migration history? Why did your family migrate out of the Philippines? What was your family’s experience upon arrival to the United States? By sharing our individual migration stories, we will find that we have many similarities with the experiences of other members of the Filipino American community. In this workshop, we will place our families’ migration histories within the larger context of Philippine/Philippine-American history to observe the social and political backdrop of migration. Through this process, we participate in discussion about immigration issues particular to the Filipino American community and draw relations to issues faced by the entire migrant community in the United States.

A New Pinayism: A Legacy of Transnational Resistance
(seen at 2008 FIND Conference at UMBC and Filipino League at Seton Hall (FLASH))
Filipinas have inherited a legacy of struggle and resistance. With the challenges of living in a patriarchal and male-dominated world, there is something remarkable about the resilience of the Pinay. This workshop will cover the issues faced by Filipinas, the trials we’ve overcome, and the collective experience Pinays in the US share with those around the world. We will showcase the rich history of Pinays from Babaylan women priestesses and chieftans of pre-colonial Philippines to the present day Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). We will also explore the evolution of a modern Filipino American identity.

Feminisms 101
(seen at Filipino Student Association (FSA) @NJIT)
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “feminism?” Is it empowering? Does it have negative connotations? Do we still need feminism today? For many, feminism is an abstract concept that can be hard to pin down or easy to pigeonhole. In reality, there is more than one “type” of feminism. This discussion is a primer on different approaches to feminism and feminist movements in the US and beyond. Participants will explore what concepts of feminism work or don’t work for them in their specific communities and lives.

We’re Here! We’re Queer!
This workshop will serve as a basic orientation to the nuances of sex, gender, and sexual orientation. We will challenge what we have been taught to think is normal about gender and sexual identity. In a continuous aim to fight bias-based harassment and oppression, we will discuss how to problematize and combat homophobia, queerphobia, and transphobia in our communities.

iVOW to Fight Violence Against Women
(seen at 2010 FIND Conference @UMBC; CUNY Hunter College; 2010 ECAASU @UPenn; Cornell Filipino Association (CFA))
Have you taken the Vow? This workshop seeks to expand the definition of and awareness around violence against Filipino women to include not only those experienced in the physical realm, but also those that are emotional, psychological, and are results of political repression and economic migration. We will discuss and critically analyze “The 7 Deadly Sins Against Women”. By fully recognizing its presence in our community, both Pinays and Pinoys can work together towards designing collective actions that combat violence against women in our daily lives. This workshop is in congruence with GABRIELA-USA’s national campaign “Voices of Women vs. Violence Against Women” (VOW vs. VAW).

Roses of War: The Effects of Militarization on Filipinas
Military occupation in many war-stricken countries have produced hostile and violent conditions for women. Historically and currently, heavy militarization and war kills thousands of innocent people; women and children are killed at the highest rate. The bodies of women are targeted with prostitution and sex tourism positively correlated with the intensity of militarization in a specific area. This discussion touches upon the issues that women face during militarization and their forms of resistance.

Bagong Bayani: Migrant Worker Women
Poor economic conditions, which lead to rampant joblessness and poverty, force over 3000 people to leave the Philippines every single day in search of work abroad . More than half of these people are women. In this workshop, we will discuss the origins of the Philippines’ socioeconomic situation and correlate it to migration patterns of Filipinos worldwide.

Our Bodies, Our Rights: Reproductive Healthcare in the US & the Philippines
(seen at Liga Filipina at Columbia University, December 2011)
In the US, access to reproductive health care is a basic right that most women have, often an afterthought for women who are gainfully employed with benefits. But our sisters in the Philippines are not so fortunate. This workshop will give light to the reproductive healthcare situation in the Philippines, the strides being made by Gabriela Women’s Party-list through the Comprehensive RH Bill, and the contrast that Pinays in the US experience with their own reproductive healthcare. We’ll also examine cultural influences on Pinays, both in the US and Philippines, and how they impact our view of reproductive healthcare.

Race, Power, Pinays in NYC
What is the situation of Filipinas in the US? What are the larger forces that affect our lives in the US and how do we navigate these forces? What are the ways we as Pinays can participate in policy? This workshop looks at the ways in which structural racism plays a role in the daily lives of Filipinas in NYC. We also take a look into how local policy works and what we can do to participate and challege policy.

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