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Women’s Roles in Peacebuilding: The Power of Women Leading Peace in Mindanao

Event: Tuesday, April 23, 2024, Washington, DC

3:30 – 5:00 PM ET

Women are critical to achieving sustainable peace and can play a significant role in peacebuilding and security efforts globally. Women leaders are important actors in peace processes and peacebuilding, and ensuring their equal and meaningful participation in these efforts is crucial. Across Asia and globally, there are many examples of women’s contributions to peace processes.

In the Philippines, the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro to end nearly four decades of intermittent violent civil conflict in Mindanao. The centerpiece of the agreement was the decision to create the Bangsamoro, a new autonomous entity in Mindanao and a homeland of the Moro people. A strong movement of Bangsamoro women played a crucial role in leading efforts to secure peace in Mindanao, and they’ve continued playing a vital role in the formation of the new Bangsamoro Constitution, Parliament, and government. The Asia Foundation has supported these efforts during the peace process and is now supporting sustainable economic development and strategies to strengthen social cohesion and sustain peace in the region.

Please join The Asia Foundation to hear from key Bangsamoro women leaders representing this phenomenal movement for peace, justice, and prosperity in Mindanao.


Opening remarks by Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, Acting Women, Peace and Security Director, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Myn Garcia, Deputy Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Philippines
Chairperson Bainon G. Karon, Bangsamoro Women Commission; and Member of Parliament, Bangsamoro Transition Authority
Atty. Sha Elijah B. Dumama-Alba, Floor Leader and Member of Parliament, Bangsamoro Transition Authority
Engr. Aida M. Silongan, Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Member of Parliament, Bangsamoro Transition Authority
Jane Sloane,
moderator, Senior Director, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, The Asia Foundation

Related locations: Philippines
Related programs: Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

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