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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pinays On Board Ship Battle Discrimination, Exploitation and Harassment

Kanlungan Centre Foundation Inc., the UP Center for Women’s Studies and the UP Department of Women and Development Studies are holding a forum on the plight of women seafares on Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 pm at the audio-visual room of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development Building in Diliman, Quezon City.

Former journalist and faculty member of the UP Journalism Department Lucia P. Tangi is expected to unveil at the forum her study entitled, “Pinays” On Board: An Exploratory Study on the Working Conditions of Filipino Women Seafarers.

Prof. Tangi’s study--the first of its kind in the Philippines--focuses on the various forms of discrimination, exploitation and sexual harassments that Filipino women seafarers have to endure in exchange for the dollars that they remit to their families.

The study which was based on in-depth interviews with women seafarers, male officers and crewing managers found that Filipino women seafarers face institutional forms of discrimination as they enter a hierarchical and male-dominated industry.

Representatives from the Philippine Overseas and Employment Agency, Associated Marine Officers and Seafarers’ Union of the Philippines, and the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific have been invited as members of the panel of reactors.

Prof. Tangi worked as a journalist in Manila, Hong Kong and in Japan before pursuing her Master’s Degree in Women and Development at the UP CSWCD. During her five-year stint in Hong Kong, she received two awards from the Hong Kong Newspaper Society in the general news and business categories. She also received a bronze award from the the Hong Kong AIDS Council for her reports on AIDS/HIV and she was also given a special award by the Hong Kong Amnesty International for her human rights coverage .

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