“‘No peace without women!’” was first published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on July 9, 2017. By Rina Jimenez-David/Inquirer IN THE coverage of the current standoff in Marawi, the focus has been mostly on men — the forces led by the…
Whatever P-Noy’s reasons for not mentioning the SAF 44 (why is no one bemoaning the nonmention as well of the 17 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters and the three civilians?) in his State of the Nation Address, criticism of his “sin of omission” is directed against the wrong people.
Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman delivered the concluding remarks of the Peace Council’s report at the April 27 Congressional hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Amid all the talk of warfare and conflict, we had forgotten that the idea of living in peace and certainty, something we in other parts of the country take for granted, is a prospect to be welcomed with joy and celebration.
In the course of many years chairing or taking part in the negotiations with the government for an end to the Moro insurgency and the return to peace, Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front delegation in the peace talks, has had the hardest time dealing with his female counterparts.
A common voice also allows women in conflict-affected areas to embark on actions, confident that they have the mandate of their peers and neighbors. The media, too, have a role to play in bringing the voices of women and girls to national attention.