by Jim Bea Sampaga
Every March, the world celebrates International Women’s Month to celebrate women, raise awareness on gender issues and promote gender equality and inclusion.
In partnership with the Filipino Community, the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu organized a series of online activities in support of Women’s Month movement.
The Consulate will feature Filipino women who use the hashtag #ChooseToChallenge on their social media accounts. The hashtag celebrates women who #ChooseToChallenge gender stereotypes, distinguish themselves in their professions and advanced women’s rights.
There will also be numerous webinars discussing women’s issues, professions and achievements with topics ranging from the food industry and government policies to education, culture and arts.
“By hosting a series of events featuring Filipino women, we hope that more people will have a better appreciation of the varied experiences of women, especially women of color,” said Philippine Consul General Joselito Jimeno.
“Our community needs to act in solidarity to ensure that the progress made in terms of the gender equality agenda continues, especially with the pandemic magnifying some of the persisting gender issues.”
To engage more discussion within the community, the Consulate is hosting a three-week “#ChooseToChallenge Ideathon” event that where students can come together to address and propose solutions to a specific gender-related issue they want to discuss. The event is open to all students, communities and genders.
The “ChooseToChallenge Ideathon” orientation will be on March 11. Submission of the initial draft will be on March 24. And to end Women’s Month, group topics and proposals will be presented to a group of judges on March 31.
With a massive line up prepared by the Consulate, below is a comprehensive list of the upcoming events during Women’s Month:
MARCH 6, 1pm – 1:30pm. Pinay In Diaspora: Rediscovering Filipino Cultural Values by the Filipino Association of University Women. Register via bit.ly/3uMB4jg.
MARCH 8, 6pm – 8pm. Kinabukasan #ChooseToChallenge Panel by the FilCom Center, Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and Hawaii-Philipines Business Economic Council. Register at bit.ly/3r6al9K.
MARCH 11, 5pm – 6:30pm. #ChooseToChallenge Ideathon Orientation by the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Chaminade University Communications Department and Filipino Junior Chamber. Register at bit.ly/3uEVgUe.
MARCH 18, 5pm – 6pm. Filipino-American Women in the Armed Forces by the Filipino Young Leaders Program and National Federation of Filipino American Associations. Register via bit.ly/3dLlMoO.
MARCH 19-21, 8:45am onwards. Pinay Powerhouse IV by Pinay Powerhouse. Register at pinaypowerhouse4.com.
MARCH 20, 4pm – 5pm. Women and Leadership in Higher Education by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Hawaii. To register, visit bit.ly/3pWRD8w.
MARCH 23, 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Women in Government by the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu and the Filipino Junior Chamber. Register at bit.ly/3uD9tAH.
MARCH 27, 6pm – 7pm. Kasama Rum Tasting by the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Kasama Rum and CIH Events. Register via bit.ly/3pZNfFM.
MARCH 27, 7pm – 8pm. Himig ng Filipina by the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Center for Philippine Studies and Knights of Rizal. Register at bit.ly/2PghlYW.
MARCH 31, 5pm – 6:30pm. #ChooseToChallenge Ideathon Demo Day by the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Chaminade University Communications Department and Filipino Junior Chamber. Register at bit.ly/3uEVgUe.