GENDER AWARENESS AND TRAINING NEEDS, STATE OF GENDER MAINSTREAMING: THE USM EXPERIENCE

Jacinta T. Pueyo

Abstract


Gender is a dynamic concept that has social, cultural and psychological connections rather than biological connotations. This assessment focused on the level of awareness of faculty and staff on GAD concepts and precepts, their training needs, and the level of GAD mainstreaming at the University of Southern Mindanao. A validated questionnaire was used to determine the 150 faculty and 210 staff-respondents’ level of awareness and training needs; while the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) assessed the extent of the University’s gender mainstreaming through key informants. Frequencies, percentages were computed and Spearman rho was used to determine the correlation between the level of awareness and training needs of respondents. Key informants participated in the Focus Group Discussion.

A difference was found between male and female faculty and staff’s level of awareness and training needs. Results show that the respondents’ level of awareness and training needs were found to have significant but negative correlation at 5% level. Moreover, results show that the University had an overall rating of 1.48 which corresponds to Stage 2 level of Gender Mainstreaming. This implies that there are internal GAD champions and enabling mechanisms in the University. It is recommended that the University shall consider reviewing and institutionalizing gender-sensitive policies in its four-fold functions.


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social science, gender mainstreaming, gender and development, descriptive design, Kabacan, Cotabato, Philippines

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