Sylvia E. Claudio

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Sylvia "Guy" Estrada-Claudio, MD, PhD is the current director of the UP Center for Women's Studies and is a Professor at the Department of Women and Development Studies, UP Diliman College of Social Work and Community Development. She is both a doctor of medicine and psychology.

She began her life of activism in high school when she started organizing against the dictatorship of then President Ferdinand Marcos. She took up medicine at the University of the Philippines. Even after graduation from medical school, she formed the Medical Action Group to organize health missions to treat psychological trauma and injuries.

Together with Dr. Junice Melgar she founded Likhaan, an organization working with grassroots women on issues of reproductive health and rights. She is also Chair of the board of the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights.

She is a much traveled resource speaker on activism, feminism, reproductive rights and sexuality.

Her book Rape, Love and Sexuality: The Construction of Women in Discourse was published by the University of the Philippines Press as part of the UP Press "Read Up!" Campaign.

Recent Publications

  • "Counter-acting Religious Fundamentalisms and Other Forms of Intolerance: Practical and Theoretical Challenges for the Global Feminist Movement" on March 11, 2008 as part of the UP Centennial Lecture Series

Estrada-Claudio, S. (2007)“Les Rencontres internationales sur la santé des femmes : continuité et expression d’identités multiples” in Lien social et Politiques–RIAC, 58, Les solidarités sans frontières. Entre permanence et changements. Montreal: Autumn 2007, pages 155 to 162.

Estrada-Claudio, S. (2009). Keynote Speech.:Ending Violence Against Women: Lessons from the Philippine Experiences. in Proceedings of the Intenational Forum For Women’s Empowerment Eradication of Violence Against Women. Tokyo Japan: National Women's Education Center.

Estrada-Claudio, S. (writing as Sunny Lansang, 2009). “Gender Issues in Revolutionary Praxis” in Women In Asia, Volume 3, p. 289-300. Edwards, Louise and Roces, Mina (ed.). London and New York: Routledge.

Estrada-Claudio, S. (2010). “Pag-unlad ng Konspeto ng Kasarian,” in Language and Mind Development. Acuña, Jasmin (ed.) Quezon City: Miriam College.


Estrada-Claudio, S. (2010). Sanctifying Moral Tyranny: Religious Fundamentalisms and the Political Disempowerment of Women. In Religious Fundamentalisms and Their Gendered Impacts in Asia. Claudia Derichs and Andrea Fleschenberg (eds.) Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert, Stiftung.

Estrada-Claudio S. (2010). The International Women and Health Meetings: Deploying Multiple Identities for Political Sustainability in Solidarities Beyond Borders Transnationalizing Women's Movements. Dufour, P. , Masson, D. and Caouette, D. (eds.) . Vancouver: UBC Press.


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