PHILIPPINES: CHR-XI to Hold Workshop on Women's Rights in Conflict and Emergency

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Philippine Information Agency
South Eastern Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security
Human Rights

The Commission on Human Rights in the region is set to lead a conference and workshop on March 23-24 in Marco Polo Hotel, this city to discuss on emerging challenges in conflict and emergency situation that gravely affect women.

CHR-XI will conduct the activity dubbed as “Workshop on Women's Human Rights in Conflict and Emergency Situation” in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender and Equality and Women Empowerment (UN Women).

CHR-XI Regional Director Atty. Alberto B. Sipaco, Jr. said the workshop intends to draw from the participants recommendations on how to bring the focus of human rights protection to women in Mindanao within the context of the theme.

The inputs will be very valuable for this first joint project of CHR and UN Women as well as for the target group of rights holders, he stated.

Prior to the workshop proper, presentation and discussions on the situational analysis of the conflict and emergency situation in Mindanao will also take place.

Sipaco said they have invited as guest speaker Pramila Patten, former member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Patten will tackle on using the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women for the advancement of women's rights in conflict and emergency situation, he said.

He added that the participants will be coming from UN Agencies, CHR, other government agencies and non-government organizations.