Samar women were given recognition for their efforts to keep peace in the towns of San Jorge, Matuginao, and San Jose de Buan.
During the two-day seminar-workshop on women, peace, and security at Caluwayan Palm Beach Resort, Brgy. Caluwayan, Marabut, Samar last September 24-25, concerns on women surfaced.
The women were not necessarily given awards but speaker Jasmine Nario-Galace, We Act 1325 national coordinator and the overall facilitator, recognized the undervalued and underutilized contributions women in conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution, and peace-building.
She stressed on the importance of women's equal and full participation as active agents in peace and security.
Galace also enjoined LGUs to address disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women.
“Women are active agents in peace and security,” she said.
The event was organized by the Women Engaged in Action 1325, a coalition of women organizations and civil society groups working on women, peace and security issues in the country together with the local partner Katungod han Samarena Foundation in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.
The workshop pushed for the implementation and localization of Philippine National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 to the three conflict affected municipalities.
Given priority too are Integrating the Philippine National Action Plan on 1325 in the work of the Sangguniang Bayan; Legislating National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325; and the Local Development Planning Cycle. (PIA 8-Samar with Gene Orense 8th IDPAO)