At the height of the Ebola crisis, it was estimated that 75 per cent of people contracting the disease were women. As the primary care givers to the sick, as nurses and as traders, women were more exposed to the virus and as such were often ostracised by their communities.
"You have to forgive. I want to work for peace, so I have to start with myself, I need to forget the past. If I don’t forget, I cannot be an actor for peace for others."
The threat of widespread disease may have passed, but in the Mano River border communities of West Africa, the impact of the devastating Ebola epidemic is still being felt today.
The disease spawned fear and mistrust and led to the total isolation of many communities, shunned by their neighbours and friends.
I hope the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro will be implemented otherwise history might repeat itself. Not all the children are like us who opted to finish our education. If the agreement will not be implemented, I fear that some children will also follow the path that their fathers took.
Datuan Magon is not your typical young person living in Mindanao, the Philippines.
The 33 year old is the Deputy Secretary General of UNYPAD (United Youth for Peace and Development), the largest Muslim youth organisation in the Philippines registered and accredited by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the government.
A strong believer in peaceful approaches to violence in his region, Datuan has worked in a number of roles to convey and spread that message over the last decade.
Orphelia, an Ebola survivor who worked with Loguatuo District Platform for Dialogue (DPD) found herself stigmatised and ostracised when she returned home. Our mediation efforts have helped Orphelia to successfully reintegrate and 'the community is at one again'.
Meet 20-year-old Ngala who is helping to reduce tensions within his community as the chairman of a local peace committee.
Congratulations to our partner, Madame Rashida Mamba who has received the medal of "Officier dans l'Ordre du Merite Centrafricain" for her tireless work to reconcile Christians and Muslims in the country.
Froilyn Mendoza is an indigenous community leader. Despite her young age, she has already helped to highlight the rights and struggles of indigenous people on a national and international scale in the framework of the peace process in southern Philippines.
This international volunteer day we wanted to put the spotlight on one of them, and find out why she chose to volunteer. Anita Bianchi is coming to the end of three months volunteering with our Partnership Development team. She explains her role and motivations.