Personnel of the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch-Cordillera Administrative Region underwent a virtual in-house learning session on Gender Responsive Communication on September 14.

The activity aimed to enhance the awareness of participants on the different gender responsive terms and concepts, the relevance of gender-fair language in the promotion of gender equality in society, and the development of sensitivity in perceiving existing gender issues and inequalities.  Further, it intends to identify the plan of action in the practice of the use of gender-fair language in communication.

“We will use all the learnings from this endeavor in our day-to-day business transactions since we deal with clients,” Director Lourdes P. Estioco said.

Ms. Frances Noelle G. Escallera, a member of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) pool of speakers in the Region, thoroughly discussed communication and language, together with its inclusivity and exclusivity.  She emphasized inclusivity where the concepts of gender-sensitive and gender-neutral language come in.  That is, favoring the most inclusive form of language is recommended.

The Subject Matter Expert went on and defined gender-sensitive language as a form of gender equality manifested through a language.  This is attained when men and women and those who do not conform to the binary gender system, are addressed through language as persons of equal value, dignity, integrity, and respect. New vocabularies like sexist and gender discriminatory language were introduced.  Ms. Escallera rounded her talk by enumerating the key principles for a gender-responsive communication.  These are recognized and challenge stereotypes, be inclusive and avoid omission and making others invisible, and finally, be respectful and avoid trivialization and subordination.

Ms. Maggie B. Balagtey, Supervising LEO and the Branch GAD Focal Person reiterates, “Gender equality is a need for all gender-responsive communication is a skill we must mainstream in our daily activities. We must be aware of the ways and use the right language for we might be hurting other people unknowingly.”

This undertaking was part of the Branch’s effort in mainstreaming Gender and Development in the organization.

Lyla Jane B. Tacio