PASIG CITY – The nation’s history bears witness how each milestone in the Philippine peace process was achieved because of the major contributions of women advocates whose goal was to bring genuine and lasting peace to their communities. (more…)
Congregations based here in Samar convened representatives of the women and youth sectors from various parts of the island on 25 September as part of the series of activities in line with the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month. (more…)
Not just advocates, but champions.
This was how the first batch of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Speaker’s Bureau was described by Undersecretary Diosita T. Andot of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) during the Training of Trainers held on 31 July to 03 August in Tagaytay City. (more…)
WOMEN’S PUBLIC LEADERSHIP IN PEACE. Women leaders from the Bangsamoro and indigenous communities in the Philippines welcome their sisters from 15 countries in Asia and Europe as they gather to exchange stories and strategies in peacemaking and peacebuilding in the next five days in Antipolo, Rizal. It is hosted by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and co-sponsored by Ekta Parishad (India) and CESCI (Switzerland).
September 21, 2016 – Groundbreaking the Bangsamoro Roadmap for Peace: A Dialogue with Moro and IP Women A consultation with the Moro and IP Women on the Bangsamoro Roadmap for Peace was held in Barangay Ilian, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat on September 21, 2016. The program aims to give the women of Brgy. Ilian a meaningful participation in the crafting of the new enabling Bangsamoro law.
Ms. Helen Rojas, OIC Head Secretariat of National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security (NAPWPS), emphasized that women’s participation in the peace process is important. “Dapat madaming babae ang may partisipasyon sa usaping pangkapayapaan,” she said OIC Head Secretariat NAPWPS Helen Rojas. The Bangsamoro women also shared their thoughts, inputs and insights on the implementation phase of the Bangsamoro peace process. #TayoAngPagbabago #TayoAngKapayapaan
Brief Remarks of Irene M. Santiago on #WomenSeriously, the Global Campaign on Women, Peace and Security
Brief Remarks of Irene M. Santiago | Lead Convener, #WomenSeriously, the Global Campaign on Women, Peace and Security | Launch of the Women’s Peace Tables Worldwide
Dublin, Ireland; 10 September 2016
“Talk to me, not about me”. That is the powerful message on the opening page of the web site of our campaign. For in spite of numerous Security Council resolutions and endless advocacy by women and men of goodwill from around the world, women’s equal and full participation in all political efforts to resolve numerous conflicts has been either completely absent or grossly insufficient . Women’s participation and voices continue to be marginalized notwithstanding the existence of volumes of well researched and persuasive documentation to support both the value and critical role women play in preventing, stopping and resolving violent conflicts. Your own former President Mary Robinson, a staunch advocate for women and their critical role in peace, has said: “We have seen first-hand in countries from every region the critical role women play as peace-builders, as community organizers, as voices for those who are marginalized. We are convinced that strengthening women’s leadership at every level is key to advancing peace, sustainable development and human rights in the 21st century.”
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security released a foundational new research report entitled Women Leading Peace: A close examination of women’s political participation in peace processes in Northern Ireland, Guatemala, Kenya, and the Philippines. The report examines women’s political participation in peace processes, focusing on four distinct cases where women have gained access to high-level negotiations. This study provides a comprehensive understanding of not only why and how women mobilized for peace, but also how they shaped negotiations and their outcomes.