by: Patmei Ruivivar
U.P. MINDANAO community joins Mindanao women in voting for P.E.A.C.E. in the 2013 elections
IT was at the University of the Philippines (U.P.) in Diliman, Quezon City where I first embraced my identity as a feminist. It was there where I first learned all the terms, the history, the context, and the theories of my oppression as a woman. I was surrounded by friends who taught at the U.P. Center for Women’s Studies and they helped me come into terms with my confusing feelings of inadequacy as a young woman as I navigate around the rules made by men in almost all areas of my life.
And so it was such a treat for me to be invited to be the keynote speaker at the opening program of the International Women’s Month Celebration of U.P. Mindanao last March 8, 2013 at the Lorenzo Hall in U.P. Mindanao’s Mintal campus. Having come this far in my gender journey since leaving U.P. as a graduate student, I welcomed the opportunity to give back and hopefully inspire other young women (and men!) in U.P. to take up the feminist cause. (more…)
BY: PATMEI RUIVIVAR
MARCH is International Women’s Month. To celebrate women’s achievements in promoting peace and development in Mindanao, the Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW) gave recognition to five Most Strategic Women-Led Projects initiated by its Area Core Groups (ACG) in 21 areas all over Mindanao. The recognition ceremony was held during MCW’s annual Mindanao Women’s Congress dubbed Kamindanawan 2013 last February 26, 2013 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. (more…)
MCW ACG Basilan led by Ms. Nida Dans
MCW ACG in Misamis Occidental headed by Ms. Maribel Gonzales
MCW ACG Lake Sebu, South Cotabato led by Jenita Eko
MCW ACG Butuan led by Ms. Marylin Pintor
MCW ACG Lanao del Norte led by Hja. Salma Celia Rajah
Mindanao Commission on Women celebrates its annual Kamindanawan where different women leaders, also members of MCW's Area Core Groups from all over Mindanao come together to celebrate a year of women's work towards peace and development through a women's perspective.
This year, the theme is Women Vote for People's participation, Economic Security, Acceptance of identities, Choices, Enduring values or simply, Women Vote for P.E.A.C.E.
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MINDANAO FORUM. Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Teresita Deles in a chat with Mindanao Commission on Women’s founding chair and CEO Irene Santiago, former University of the Philippines-Mindanao chancellor Ricardo de Ungria, and government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, in yesterday’s 1st Mindanao Development Forum organized by Mindanao Development Authority at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao.
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I want to frame my reaction to the presentations of our distinguished speakers by using the theme of a conference I attended recently. The theme was “New Ways to End Old Wars”. As a speaker at that conference, I told them that instead I would speak on “Old Ways NOT TO BEGIN New Wars”. I think this title is appropriate to frame the two previous speakers’ topics on development and on peace. For indeed, development and peace have the same face.
In the euphoria after the signing of the Framework Agreement – a euphoria never felt before – it may be beneficial also to remind ourselves of the frame for the continuing negotiations toward a Comprehensive Agreement. It is this: peace talks are one step in the process rather than ends in themselves, and the steps to durable peace should and could start even now. We don’t want to say later: “The operation was successful but the patient died”.
Studies have shown that half of all peace negotiations fail within five years of signature. In part, this is because negotiations and agreements often do not address the underlying causes of conflict nor seek to prevent its resurgence. The government is right to have a two-pronged approach to achieving peace, namely, negotiating a peace agreement, and addressing poverty and social cohesion issues through PAMANA.
After October 15, women in communities and in civil society organizations, while celebrating the milestone that was the signing of the Framework Agreement, worried about the expectations raised. We knew people would be expecting a so-called “peace dividend” a buzz word for an improvement in people’s lives resulting from a peace agreement . We had earlier formed a Women’s Peace Table and described it as a “connecting, educating, and mediating” table supporting the search for peace. (more…)