In line with the International Women’s Day Celebration, students, leaders, and women empowerment advocates gathered last March 8 at the SM City Davao Annex for Miss Heard: Redefining the Modern Day Miss.
Organized by Point Blue, a group of fourth year mass communication students from the Ateneo de Davao University, in partnership with SM City and Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy Center (APILA), Miss Heard was a “women empowerment event where empowered women empower women”.
The talks during the event focused on what real woman empowerment is, and is like, and on breaking free from gender stereotypes and discrimination.
Jill Palarca, Catherine Binag, and Atty. Geraldine Tiu were the empowered women speakers for the event whose topics were on real beauty, being a woman, and personal experiences as a woman lawyer and women’s rights advocate.
Second year Marine Technology students from DMMA College of Southern Philippines, Genevieve Elopre and Katrina Gabales shared their experiences from the event.
“Nag-enjoy ako kasi nakaka-inspire especially upon hearing the personal experiences of the speakers, and on how they had themselves empowered. Kasi, for us, since BSMT students kami, ‘yung trabaho namin is dominated ng mga lalaki, so based sa talks na narinig namin, mas na-motivate kami na pasukin ang career na ‘to, kasi alam naming na mag-grow din kami sa career na ‘to, and that hindi lang kami basta lang pang-kitchen,” Elopre said.
“I also learned, especially from Ma’am Jill na huwag mo masyadong i-down ‘yung sarili mo because of your looks, o kung ano man, kasi alam mo dapat na kaya mo,” Gabales added.
Point Blue’s Miss Heard was just one of the series of activities prepared by AdDU’s fourth year mass communication students, separated into different groups.
Featured image from Ateneo de Davao’s official Twitter account.