Women advocates from different sectors including from government line agencies and local government units gathered here for a two-day summit to consolidate their ideas into a unified agenda for the women of Lanao del Sur.
The gathering dubbed as the 1st Bangsamoro Summit on Women, Peace and Security was spearheaded by the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW).
RCBW Chairperson Sittie Jehanne Mutin said there will be a consolidation at the regional level of women agenda from ARMM provinces to form the Regional Bangsamoro Women Agenda that will be forwarded to the Office of the President.
She said RCBW will also see how other regional government agencies can address the needs that the women have identified in the summit.
Helen Rojas, head of National Action Plan Secretariat of the Office of the Presidential Adviser of Peace Process discussed the government initiatives on women, peace and security focusing on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820 which the Philippines are signatory of.
UNSCR 1325 acknowledges the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls and calls for the adoption of a gender perspective when dealing with women in conflict affected areas. UNSCR 1820, on the other hand, condemns the use of sexual violence as a tool of war and that rape is a war crime and a crime against humanity.
In the duration of the two-day summit, the participants determined issues in Lanao del Sur that speak to them. Among these are the role of traditional women leaders in the Mindanao peace process, federalism as a solution to Mindanao conflict, Lake Lanao, environment, power shortage, drugs, criminality, extremism, clan feuds, livelihood, entrepreneurship, and women leaders as model of good governance.
The participants contributed their ideas on what actions can be done to mitigate or solve the problems they have identified.
After much deliberation, the group came up with a consolidated Lanao del Sur Women Action Plan.
Among the activities that they are eyeing are Oh My GaD Campaign, BBL and Federalism Orientation, a radio program for women issues, peace tables for women traditional leaders, academics, and women in the grassroots, community-based organization of Municipal Women Councils, mapping of all women leaders and organization in the province, and writeshop on Literature on Bangsamoro women.
The women participants also pledged commitment to continually work together and formed among themselves a council they called Mga Bae sa Ranao 1325.