Recognizing the vital role of women in peace-building, the Training on Women, Peace and Security was held on February 11-15, 2013 at the Al Nor Hotel and Convention Center, Cotabato City.
Hosted by DSWD-ARMM’s Pantawid Pamilya, the activity is aimed at providing Pantawid Pamilya staff and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) an understanding of the gender issues in armed-conflict situation and promotes the role of women in peace-building. It also delved into the appropriate social protection that should be provided to them borne out of their would-be traumatic experiences and agonizing effects of war.
The training was also conducted in compliance with the commitment of the Philippine Government to the UNSCR 1325 and 1820. This commitment is embodied in the Philippine Development Plan (2010-2016), which mandates government institutions to support UNSCR 1325 to increase participation of women in peace process and to address sexual violence against women during armed-conflict. Such compliance requires close collaboration with CSOs.
Participated in by Pantawid Regional and Provincial staff from 17 regions, and some CSOs from Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, the participants were oriented on various topics, such as: Armed Conflicts in the Philippines: Historical and Sociological Underpinnings, the Mindanao Armed Conflict: Context, Political Dynamics, and Recent Development; Women and Gender Issues in Armed Conflicts; and the Philippine National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2011-2016).
The training also included group work activities, such as community visits and group sharing and exchanged of ideas and experiences from the different regions.