OPAPP launches women’s magazine; tackles women’s role, experiences in peace building

April 9, 2014 8:42 am 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, April 8 (PNA)—The Office of the Presidential Peace Process (OPAPP) formally launched on Tuesday a women’s magazine titled “Kababaihan at Kapayapaan” at the Social Development Complex Conference Hall of Ateneo De Manila University.

The launching was spearheaded by OPAP Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles.

During the launching she was joined by other women behind the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

Among them were Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the GPH Peace Panel; Usec Yasmin Busran-Lao, GPH Peace Panel Member; Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, head of the GPH Legal Panel and others.

The magazine will be published twice a year according to Secretary Deles.

Delez added that the magazine will showcase the contributions of women to peace building, telling stories of women in various jobs in government from leading government agencies to the grassroot in order to raise awareness and support for women’s invaluable support in building and attaining lasting peace.

“It will be focusing on the contributions and concerns of stakeholders from civil society, business, the academe, the donor community, and the general public who are government’s partners in strengthening women’s roles in peace promotion,” she explained.

In a forum held during the launching, the women guest panelists tackled and shared their active role and experiences in the success of the negotiation process for CAB which was traditionally man’s world .

“We have proven that women perspective and participation together with other men is an important step in achieving better results for negotiations and peace building,” Prof. Ferrer said in an interview with the Philippines News Agency. (PNA)

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