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    Understanding Menopausal Experiences of Dumagat Women: A Qualitative Study
    ( 2023) Ridulme, Queenie ; Cabanes, Ria Valerie ; Sales, Rachel Anne Joyce ; Ramos, Rita
    Around the time of transition to menopausal period, women experience mental, and psychological disorders that require adequate attention to these symptoms. Women have different experiences around menopause and after it due to physiological, emotional, and psychological changes. This study is an attempt to make a significant contribution to the MENSESC project at the University of Lincoln which aims to determine how women live and understand the menopause in low SES settings across cultural contexts; ascertain what factors may shape women’s experience of the menopause in these contexts; identify what aspects of women’s lives, if any, are impacted during menopausal time and determine what women themselves need in these contexts to have quality of life during and beyond the menopause.
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    Breaking the Glass Ceiling? A Case Study of Challenges and Successes of Women Leadership Positions in the Philippine Technology Startup Ecosystem (PTSE)
    ( 2023) Simporios, Lloyd Lyndel ; Jarabe, Maria Lourdes ; Taylan, Finaflor ; Serrano, Joane
    Despite an increasing number of women entrepreneurs in the Philippines, the technology startup ecosystem is still dominated by men. There is a lack of research focusing on the experiences of women in leadership positions within the Philippine technology startup ecosystem (PTSE), and this study seeks to fill that void. This research can offer insights that can guide the development of policies and programs to support the advancement of women in leadership roles within the PTSE by obtaining an understanding of the difficulties faced by women in leadership positions within the PTSE and the methods they have used to overcome those difficulties. By understanding the challenges experienced by women in leadership roles within the PTSE, initiatives, strategies, and approaches that can enhance the environment for women in leadership positions in Philippine technology startups can be developed. This study can also advance our understanding of how gender dynamics may differ in various social, cultural, and economic contexts when it comes to entrepreneurship and leadership. This can also serve as a valuable case study for future studies in this field by providing a thorough understanding of the experiences of women leaders in technology startups in the Philippines. The study's findings will be used to devise a framework for promoting the development of an environment that would allow women to fully participate in the ecosystem of technology startups. The study will adopt a case study approach in order to understand the challenges encountered by women in leadership roles within the PTSE and the strategies they have employed to overcome them. A purposeful selection of women executives from Philippine-based digital startups will make up the sample.
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    Analysis of Gender Portrayal in UP Open University Social Media Sites
    ( 2018) Serrano, Joane ; Petrasanta, Lovelyn ; Cañas-Llamas, Anna
    The UP Open University (UPOU) social media sites with about 40,000 followers accross its social media pages is assumed to have a significant role in disseminating information and knowledge for most of its learners both local and offshore. According to The Statistics Portal (, the number of social media users around the globe is estimated to increase from 2.46 billion in 2017 to 2.77 billion in 2019. Three (3) of four (4) internet users use social media, with women (76%) using social networking sites more than men (72%). This study aims to examine the portrayal and representation of women and men in the graphics and videos posted across UPOU social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This study will make use of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as its theoretical and analytic framework. The study will make use of the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) by UNESCO (2012) as the analytical tool in analyzing gender portrayal and representation in UPOU social media posts.
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    Gender Fairness of UPOU-Produced Open Educational Resources
    ( 2018) Serrano, Joane ; Gelisan, Luisa ; Gonzales, Eubelle
    In support of the Magna Carta of Women and to further promote gender mainstreaming, the Philippine national government issued a circular directing government agencies, including state colleges and universities to adopt Gender Equality Guidelines in the development of media policies and programs. Studies (Benavot, 2016; Blumberg, 2007; Jenkins & Phillips, 1995; Kerkhoven, Russo, Land-Zandstra, Saxena, & Rodenburg, 2016; Mills & Mustapha, 2015;) showed that gender bias and language insensitivity in learning materials negatively affect female students’ general performance. The Multimedia Center (MC), the unit of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) that is tasked to design, develop, produce, and disseminate multimedia course materials has been implementing practices to make UPOU multimedia learning materials more inclusive and gender fair. This study examines the gender fairness of the “Open Educational Resources (OER) for Technology for Teaching and Learning” video series. These series of videos produced by the MC is disseminated to the learners and general public via the UPOU Networks, the university’s virtual repository of learning materials. To study the gender sensitivity of the videos, content analysis will be done using the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) gender-sensitive indicators and the Philippine Commission on Women Towards a Gender Fair Media guidelines.
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    Women’s Participation in the Philippine Technology Startup Ecosystem: A Baseline Survey
    ( 2023) Depante, Lianne Angelico ; Rosario, Leo Mendel ; Orencio, Pedcris ; Serrano, Joane
    Over the last decade, the Philippine technology startup ecosystem has been continuously expanding due to the influx of venture capital, incubators, accelerators, and tech entrepreneurs and government support in terms of financial incentives, tax breaks, and access to funding. In the global context, ample literature reports the contributions of women in the survival and growth of technology startups. Despite this, there has been a dearth of local studies on the involvement of Filipino women in the success of many technology startups in the country. In this project, a scoping study will be conducted to generate baseline information on the representation and extent of involvement of women in the technology startup ecosystem. The findings of this project will be used in the formulation of a supportive framework for women's engagement with technology startups and the course development of non-formal education and degree programs related to women and gender studies.