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Role of women in peace process cited

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By Antonio L. Colina IV

Davao City – Different tribes from across the island launched yesterday the Mindanao Women’s Peace Table to give emphasis on the roles that women should play in the on-going peace process between the government (GPH) and the rebel groups.

In her message yesterday, GPH peace implementing panel chair Irene Santiago said that the peace tables will provide a platform for women where they can participate and discuss further the peace-building efforts.

She said that women in Mindanao have long been actively participating in the peacemaking.

“If your remember, in 2001 many of you founded the Mindanao Commission on Women with the aim of harnessing the collective energies and passion of women in Mindanao for good, for the much yearned peace, for respite from poverty and want, nothing short of fairness and acceptance of a better world not for an amorphous ‘all’ but for women, men, and children,” she said.

She emphasized that women “do not react to change,” as they are the force for change themselves.

The launch also marked the start of a four-day training on the values-based approach to conducting public conversations to be participated in by women representatives coming from different tribes in Mindanao.

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