Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OPAPP, PCW to mainstream women in peace concerns in gov't

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) recently made history with the signing of a circular that aims to ensure that concerns on peace and women are better integrated in government programs and services in conflict-affected areas.

The signing of Joint Memorandum Circular 2014-0 makes the Philippines a global pioneer and model in mainstreaming and institutionalizing in the government bureaucracy the empowerment and protection of women in conflict-affected areas through the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAPWPS) and intensified implementation of the Magna Carta on Women.

“Women have borne the brunt of decades of conflict, and change must begin with them. There can be no healing and wholeness of our body politic if women remain broken, insecure, and violated,” said Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles.

The Philippines was the first country in Asia to formulate and adopt a NAPWPS to operationalize its commitment to the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security.

OPAPP and PCW are co-chairs of the steering committee in the implementation of the National Action Plan.

Revised indicators for the National Action Plan were also issued during the event to ensure heightened implementation and accountability. The revised NAPWPS indicators were formulated by OPAPP in extensive consultations with civil society groups and national government agencies, and will serve as a guide for the implementation of NAPWPS programs, projects, and activities.

“The National Action Plan is a living document that should respond to the needs of the times,” said OPAPP Undersecretary for Programs Maria Cleofe Gettie C. Sandoval as she outlined the revamped indicators.

Another highlight of the forum was the formal launch of the second edition of the Kababaihan at Kapayapaan Magazine, a biannual publication of the OPAPP on women, peace, and security. The second edition focuses on the NAP, the women behind it, and other key figures involved in its implementation. (OPAPP)

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