Decades of armed conflict across the Philippines and in the region of Mindanao in particular have left impoverished communities living with intense political tensions. A 2014 peace agreement in Mindanao has brought some respite, but implementation is slow and local clan conflicts persist.
Women peacebuilders in the Philippines
The Philippines has suffered two major armed conflicts in recent years – in Mindanao involving the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and a countrywide communist insurgency with the National Democratic Front. Although a peace agreement has now been signed with the MILF, there is still a long way to go before people feel secure in their communities.
I don’t want my children to experience what we’ve been through. So I hope our voice and concerns will be given equal importance in this peace process
Our work in action
We are working with communities in Mindanao to support the implementation of the peace agreement by facilitating joint spaces for community and local governments to resolve conflicts and human security issues and to ensure the voices of women and indigenous people are listened to.
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