WATCH: How Bangsamoro Women Understand and Realize their Meaningful Role in Building Peace in Mindanao

Written by Pro Politics for Peace.

The Pro PolitiCS for Peace project recently embarked on a collaborative undertaking with the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW-ARMM) to harness the informed-participation of the Bangsamoro women political leaders, women traditional leaders, women leaders of the Royal Houses, women opinion makers, and gatekeepers of women power in the larger Bangsamoro society, to the broader peace process.

The collaborative effort proved very fruitful with the recently concluded forum entitled “Harnessing Women's Understanding on the New and Renewed Paths to Mindanao Peace: Supporting Opportunities and Hurdling Obstacles” on March 20-21, 2017 in Davao City. 

Pro PolitiCS and RCBW were able to marshal the participation of the wide cross section of the Bangsamoro women sectors in mainland Mindanao, to come to the dialogue arena for peaceful political climate and governance, which is oftentimes misconstrued as the domain of men. Pro PolitiCS composed an excellent line-up of expert political analysts and resource persons to engage the participants on pertinent and compelling topics.

Prof. Beleno's input on the Fundamentals of Federalism oriented the participants on the meaning and the nuances of the federal governmental structure. Atty. Aying Asis spoke about the Bangsamoro Transition Commission’s (BTC) mandate and task to put in place an enabling law that will operationalize the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people articulated in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). Prof. Casiple discussed lengthily  the political developments, prospects, and trends in the national, regional, and local governance viz-a-viz the flagship project of the Duterte Administration

The forum is the first out of two series of women's participation in the peace process. Most of the participants came from the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur. The second series will be held in Zamboanga City this April 3-5, 2017.

Overall, compelling issues on governance, autonomy, federalism, and the peace process were openly discussed in a uniquely engaging feminine manner. The character of discussion exchanges was very frank but polite, the language was sometimes brutally direct but elegantly couched, and the approach to issues was frontal but sincere and honest.

Pro PolitiCS for Peace is implemented by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) in partnership with the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF), the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID), and the Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA), and supported by the Australian Aid.