General Santos City – In a significant endeavor to promote and raise awareness about gender sensitivity, twenty-three (23) newly hired and promoted employees of the Ministry of Science and Technology, through its Gender and Development Program, participated in Gender Sensitivity Training on June 5-6, 2024.

Held at Greenleaf Hotel in this city, the program aimed to encourage the employees to challenge gender roles, biases, and issues; and foster an environment of gender equality and justice, and ensure respectful treatment of all genders in the workplace.

In the opening activity, Bangsamoro Director General Engr. Abdulrakman Asim emphasized the importance of applying the learnings in everyday work operations.

“We should acquire and apply our learnings in real life, especially in our day-to-day work operations. We also commend our religions as we are guided by them,” BDG Asim said.

“We need to incorporate gender and development in all our programs and projects to enforce gender equality and participation of all genders in the community, achieving the region’s economic growth,” said Nasrodin U. Buisan, TMOS Director II, during his welcome and opening message.

The two-day training specifically discussed topics such as:

  • Sex vs Gender
  • Gender Roles and Sex Roles
  • Gender Biases and its Manifestation
  • How gender biases are being maintained and transferred
  • Gender and Development
  • Gender Equity and Gender Equality
  • Visioning a Gender Fair Society
  • GAD Imperatives
  • Gender Fair Language
  • Women Peace and Security

The training’s resource speakers are Ms. Rohaniya M. Sumail and Samsiya Abdullah from the Bangsamoro Women Commission.

Furthermore, participants expressed enthusiasm about the impact of the training on their professional development and committed to applying their learnings to day-to-day work operations and fostering good interpersonal relationships with co-employees.

Gender Sensitivity Training is an initial effort to show how society shapes the roles of women and men, including their role in development, and how it affects the relationship between them. It is given to those who have very little gender awareness or none at all.


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