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Bangsamoro Women’s Summit raises grass-roots women’s voices and pushes for women’s participation in peacebuilding

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

On the heels of the swearing in of a new transitional authority for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), UN Women hosted an Inaugural Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Women’s Summit from 28-29 March in Davao, southern Philippines, bringing together over 100 grass-roots women and maintaining momentum for their full participation in the new government. The Summit produced a women’s agenda, which called for: spaces to ensure women’s needs are met in laws... More

From where I stand: “That is what we all want: a peaceful life.”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Narimbai leads by example when teaching women in her community to lead peaceful lives while supporting their families through entrepreneurship. Photo: UN Women/Joser Dumbrique When I was a kid, I experienced a lot due to conflict. It was hard for me to move around to different places with my parents. We had to leave many of our belongings behind and when we moved, we had to start again, over and over. I was always afraid of my surroundings, and I could not study well. Even if I only... More

From where I stand: “We could be heroines, and we can create peace”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“When I was younger, we lived in another community. But when a conflict arose between groups, we had to be evacuated [from our home]. Since my father had passed, my mother was taking care of all eight of us children. We had to get out of our house while there was an encounter taking place. While we were walking, the rebels were still there, fighting. But thank God, none of us got injured. Unfortunately... More

From where I stand: “Thanks to the women’s determination, we brought peace to the community”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“There was a time when we had to move to another village because of a clan feud [known as rido in the local language]. During the rido, there were gun fights, and I told my husband that we had to leave because other people said that the young boys would be shot. I feared for my children because they were still small. We stayed in another village for seven years until we came back to Orandang in 2012. This time, the elected chairwoman said that she would help end the rido. Men were... More

Women in the Philippines raise their voices in the new BARMM to recognize women’s contribution to nation-building

Friday, March 29, 2019

Over 100 women from various communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) gathered today in Davao City to call for women’s meaningful participation in the newly established political entity. The Inaugural Bangsamoro Women’s Summit, led by UN Women in collaboration with the governments of Norway, Australia and Canada, brings together women from the communities in the Bangsamoro... More

When more women work, economies grow: European Union and UN Women partner to boost women’s economic rights and opportunities in Asia

Friday, March 8, 2019

The European Union and UN Women jointly launched today a 3-year WeEmpower Asia programme to encourage the private sector to expand economic participation and business opportunities for women in seven Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Funded by the EU, UN Women will implement the €8 million programme aiming to integrate gender concerns into business practices in the region. WeEmpower Asia will promote dialogue among women’s groups and the public and private sector so as to enable a business environment that empowers women; provide skills training... More

In the Philippines, UN Women is honoured by the Provincial Government of Maguindanao

Thursday, February 28, 2019

On 12 February 2019, the Maguindanao Provincial Government honoured UN Women during the first-ever Araw ng Parangal ceremony (Recognition Day). This ceremony recognizes organizations that have significantly contributed to social development and peacebuilding efforts in the province... More

“Don’t Tell Me How To Dress”: How a clothing exhibition is challenging the culture of victim-blaming in the Philippines

Friday, February 22, 2019

This is what she was wearing that day —her usual corporate attire. This is what she was wearing that day —her school uniform. This is what she was wearing that day —baby clothes. These harrowing stories are among those on display in a touring exhibition in the Philippines, which aims to challenge the culture of victim-blaming and raise awareness of the need to end all forms... More

Passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law promises new hope for women in Southern Philippines

Friday, February 22, 2019

Following decades of struggle for peace in southern Philippines, the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in July 2018. The law creates a new political entity to replace the existing autonomous region, which is home to 13 ethno-linguistic groups in Mindanao. On 22 February 2019, the transitional authority took their oath of office, swearing in the new government’s Chief Minister, Cabinet and Parliament... More

Take five: “Access to certain services has been diminishing as a result of public-private partnerships”

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gerifel Cerillo is the coordinator of Tanggol Bayi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines. In February 2019 she attended the Regional Civil Society Strategizing Workshop in Bangkok for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing + 25 Review. This year’s CSW is focused on social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. Cerillo’s organization works mostly with the urban poor in and around... More

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