Jurma Tikmasan

The Philippines
Jurma Tikmasan is a PhD candidate in Food Science at the University of the Philippines (UP), with some units earned from the Center of Women Studies of the College of Social Works and Development. She finished her Masters in Food Science from the same university in 1986, and her college education at Mindanao State University in Tawi-Tawi (MSU-Tawi-Tawi) in 1978.  

She served as a member of the Faculty of MSU-Tawi-Tawi from 1978-2006. During these years, she also did research and extension services. 

She is organized, detail-oriented, and efficient in the things that she does from teaching to researching in the university, to advocacy, networking, conducting trainings/seminars, community organizing, monitoring/evaluation and writing documentation as a CSO worker.  

Her experiences include working with various stakeholders in Mindanao to promote gender equality in the context of Islam; partnership with Muslim Religious Leaders in correcting misconceptions about women’s rights as human rights; partnership with various stakeholders in pushing for the prevention of and response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV); partnership with various stakeholders in the formulation and passing of Gender and Development Code (GAD Code) for ARMM, and networking and advocacy among local leaders to encourage LGUs in developing their Gender-sensitive Local Development Plans (LDP) and Comprehensive Development Plan-Executive Legislative Agenda (CDP-ELA). 

She is a Muslim woman and her familiarity with the culture of the people and the terrain of ARMM, as well as her background as a University Professor/researcher, and later, a Civil Society Organization (CSO) leader partnering with Local Government Units continue to give her great insights to help transform other people’s situations positively.
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