Women's Studies Association of the Philippines
The Women's Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP) is a national professional organization of academic and non-academic based Women's Studies teachers, researchers and activists promoting gender perspectives in the Philippine educational system. Its effort to bring gender issues to the forefront is geared towards the United Nation's Decade for Women's thrust for equality, development and peace.
In 1987, a group of Women's Studies practitioners and advocates from several Metro Manila universities and colleges organized themselves into the Women's studies Consortium. In 1992, it became national when it registered itself with the Securities and Exchange Commission as WSAP, a non-government organization. The First General assembly was held in January 1992 at the Ateneo de Manila University, where the assembly also elected the first set of officers. Since then, WSAP has convened three general assemblies, undertaken different projects and activities, and attracted members from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
- To introduce Women's Studies in Philippine Education
- To evolve an indigenous feminist orientation in Women's Studies in the Philippines
- To conduct teacher training, curriculum and instructional materials development, and research in Women's Studies
- To serve as the venue and clearing house for information and data on Women's Studies and compilation of completed and ongoing researches by Filipino researchers and scholars
WSAP's 2nd Asian Regional Conference and 7th National Conference is held on March 24-26, 2008 at Miriam College, Quezon City. It's theme, 21st Century Engagements:the Politics and Praxis of Women's Studies in Asia focuses on the continuing challenges to women's studies in Asia and facing the issues of the 21st century like, environmental degredation, globalization and terror threats among others. The conference consists of plenary sessions, paper presentations, workshop sessions, roundtable discussions, debates, poster and visual/multimedia preentations.