WOMEN LEADERS GATHER TO RENEW COMMITMENT TO BUILD AND SUSTAIN PEACE
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The event provided an ideal opportunity for stakeholders, experts and support actors to exchange ideas and experiences from various contexts. It also served as a platform where women of all backgrounds discussed the current political issues directly related to the peace process and the Bangsamoro discourse.
During the dialogue, a baseline data on the interest in the activity and in political dialogue for inclusive peace was presented among the participants that served as a continuing reference to set the mood on political engagement.
One of the highlights brought out in the dialogue was the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and other political proposals. Atty. Al Julkipli, Consultant, United Nations and Development Programme (UNDP) emphasized the clear and concise array of possibilities for women’s political intervention in the legislative processes in BBL, federalism, charter change, Marawi reconstruction governance and transitional justice.
Accordingly, politics is beyond being politicians, we need to change the nature of the relationship, and in order to do that, women leaders agreed on consensus points in renewing their commitment to build and sustain peace. Apparently, they raised “doable” commitment which includes, strengthening women’s leadership capability to form productive coalitions, conducting planning processes as political dialogue, and studying, analyzing and framing appropriate interventions that would help in opening concrete opportunities for women to be politically engage in the public space.
Women participants expressed their excitement and commitment to the dialogue where they believe that it is the “Moment for reconnecting with sisters, partners for peace and loved ones, and retrieving old times”, as one participant said.
At the end of the forum, women representatives drafted a statement of support for Social Justice and For Marawi, see Statement of Support For Social Justice And For Marawi.