By CSU Carig
Posted on March 10, 2017
"A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." —Eleanor Roosevelt
The College of Arts and Sciences spearheaded the celebration of the International Women’s Month last March 7, 2016 aiming to show and support Women Empowerment in the society.
Dr. Theresa Dimalanta, the CAS Dean delivered a welcome remarks highlighting the importance of women and their role in nation building. “For the past decades we seldom see women who fought for their rights but instead, they suffered gender discrimination in politics, in the workplace and in other institutions.” She challenged every woman to realize the need of empowerment and that they can greatly influence and make an impact to the society. She also thanked the men who never get tired of supporting women in fighting for their rights and beliefs. Dr. Dimalanta ended her speech by saying, “WE (Women Empowerment) can make change, let us make change work for us. Bangon Babae, Bangon!”
Likewise, CEO Engr. Arthur Ibanez gave a short inspirational message and a testimony about women especially those who are very successful in their fields and how they were able to effect change and become role models in their organizations. He also added, “Ang mga babae minamahal, innaruga at inaalagaan, hindi yan sinasaktan at hindi binibigyan ng problema.”, where everyone agreed.
In her speech, Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, the University President shared her experiences of how she was able to achieve everything, the mindset a woman should have, and the vision that everyone should grasp as they move towards their dreams and goals. “Every woman should understand the importance of a woman leader”. “Men are considered Kings but Women are the Aces.” She also motivated the women to develop and use their inner strengths in order to become an excellent team player and be able to work under pressure. “Your emotions should not dictate your actions. Women empower men and women.”, Dr. Tejada added.
Meanwhile, Prof. Kristine Lara who was the master planner of the said event was overwhelmed with the support extended by her colleagues in the College, the Campus and Central Administration and the 200 CAS students who showcased their talents with a very entertaining dance number. “Though, we have a very short time to prepare, I was very happy because we were able to conduct the celebration successfully.”, Prof. Lara said.
"Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." —G.D. Anderson