Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325)

Organisation name Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325)
Address Center for Peace Education

Miriam College

Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Philippine 1108 Philippines

Website weact1325.org
Social media  Weact1325

WomenEngagedinActionon1325

Contact Person / Email Jasmin Nario-Galace

National Coordinator weact1325@gmail.com; jnariogalace@yahoo.com

Related activities on women, peace and security The Women Engaged in Action 1325 (WE Act 1325) is a network composed of 36 different organizations from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao working on Peace, Human Rights and Women’s issues. It was established in 2010 as a result of a nationwide consultation with various women’s organizations to establish a network that would implement the Philippine National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 Many of the founding members of the network were instrumental in the drafting of the NAP and its implementation; and, to date, the network continues to contribute in its implementation at the local, national, regional and international level. Moreover, the network also continues to strengthen its partnerships and linkages with both regional and international bodies towards the global implementation of the WPS agenda. Below is a brief overview of the network’s efforts.

At the local and national level, WE Act 1325 has been involved in various campaigns and activities focused on the 14 Action Points of the NAP. Most of the activities are focused on policy review, capacity building and training of various stakeholders; engaging the peace process through its dialogue with panel members; advocating for women’s participation in peacebuilding; advocating for peace education and; raising media awareness. In addition, the network also does work to strengthen the justice system, campaigns against small arms, monitors and documents the effects of armed conflict on women, involves grassroots women in peacebuilding projects, promotes civil society involvement in the implementation of the NAP, and monitors   the implementation of the Plan.

Moreover, the network through its Women’s Projects for Peace funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and its Women Working for Normalization Project funded by the Australian Government, has also conducted several study sessions on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) to raise awareness and encourage active participation in the peace process. Various consultations on the ground were also conducted to get the people’s pulse and aspirations with regards to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Some of the consultations focused on the perspectives of women on normalization related issues such as disarmament, demobilization and transitional justice. The results of the consultations were then consolidated by the Secretariat and was submitted to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to be used in the drafting of the BBL. Women who participated in the consultations suggested inclusion ofprovisions on women’s participation in decision-making and local mechanisms in the Bangsamoro, access to basic social services, protection of ancestral domains, improvement of the justice system to address human rights violations and respect for the rights of indigenous women andof traditional, cultural and religious practices, to name a few.

Furthermore, the network through its partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) is conducting several localization programs in the municipalities of Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija; Tabuk, Kalinga; Calbiga, Marabut, Basey and Villareal in Samar; Sultan Mastura in Cotabato City; Marawi City; Butuan, Cabadbaran, RTR, Buenavista and Magallanes in Agusan del Norte; and Real and Nakar in Quezon. The goal of the localization program is make sure that the P-NAP on WPS is brought down to the grassroots,   implemented and integrated in local development plans to address women, peace and security issues in those areas. The localization program raises several issues on women, peace and security such as the impact of illegal proliferation of fire arms, rape and other forms of sexual violence, and traditional cultural practices that restrain fulfillment of women’s rights. Aside from raising these issues, the program also highlights women’s contribution to peacebuilding. More importantly, it encourages local governments to adopt and implement the salient points of the P-NAP on WPS and of the UNSCRs 1325 & 1820.

Additionally, the initiative has helped these municipalities look into existing policies that hinder women’s participation and assess the needs towards the NAP’s full implementation. Participants in the localization program include Mayors, Vice-Mayors, Council Leaders, Tribal Leaders, Police, Military, Paramilitary, Teachers, members of various civil society organizations and representatives from Department of Interior and Local Government. Since 2010, the network has been conducting monitoring and assessment workshops to further improve the implementation of the PhilNAP on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 in communities affected by armed conflict.

In addition to the abovementioned, at the national Level, WE Act 1325 has been working with concerned government agencies such as the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Department of Social Welfare (DSWD), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The network’s work includes training of AFP UN Peacekeepers on Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Women’s Human Rights, Women, Peace and Security, Gender Sensitivity and Conflict Resolution. Since 2010, it has trained over three thousand AFP UN Peacekeepers who have been deployed in conflict areas such as Syria, Sierra Leone, Golan Heights and Haiti. In addition, it has also worked with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to help revisit their policies and to transform these policies and practices to become more gender-friendly towards women’s meaningful participation in all levels of decision-making. In addition, the network has also engaged with the panel members of the Peace Process between the GPH-MILF through dialogues, submission of consultation results for integration in the peace agreement and its annexes as well as   in the Bangsamoro Basic Law. WE Act 1325 also sent some of its members to observe the formal peace talks in Kuala Lumpur.

Moreover, the network also engages the GPH-CPP-NPA-NDF peace process by meeting with both the panel members and the Secretary for the Peace Process, Teresita Quinto-Deles, on how civil society can help get the negotiations back on track. In 2013, members of the network attended a civil society meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia to strategize how they could encourage the panel to go back to the peace table. As a result, a statement was released and submitted to both panels which led the way to various meetings with the panel members and legal consultants.

At the regional and international level, members of the network have served as resource persons in various study sessions of women’s organizations from the Republic of South Korea, Nepal, and Indonesia to share its best practices with regards to women, peace and security work and howthe P-NAP was developed.. The network has also advocated for the inclusion of a strong gender language to ban the trade and transfer of small arms and light weapons to countries that may use these weapons to commit grave human rights violation such as rape and any form of sex and gender-based violence through its campaign for the Arms Trade Treaty.

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