In support of the 50th Founding Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Philippines’ hosting of the ASEAN Summit and related meetings this year, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is holding the “Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education in ASEAN” on 27-29 November 2017 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

The Conference aims to gather higher education officials and members of the academe from the 10 ASEAN member-states to tackle the challenge of integrating gender equality in higher education and commit to a common plan of action plan in the region.

The event also intends to call attention to the remaining gaps in gender and development initiatives and build stronger partnerships for increased social protection for women and children alongside regional economic integration.

The last day of the Conference will expand to include more than 500 local participants, which will tie in with CHED’s annual hosting of the “Higher Education Summit on Gender Issues”. Since 2010, CHED has been pushing for the agenda to mainstream gender and development in higher education. It has issued several landmark policy statements and documents, the most prominent of which is CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 01, series of 2015 or the “Establishing the Policies and Guidelines on Gender and Development in CHED and HEIs.”

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