Center for Peace Education, Miriam College – Philippines
|Organisation name||Center for Peace Education, Miriam College – Philippines|
|Address||Miriam College, 1st Floor Caritas Building, Katipunan Road, Barangay Loyola Heights, Quezon City, 1108, Philippines|
|Social media||Center for Peace Education Miriam College|
|Contact person / email||Jasmin Nario-Galace / firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Related activities on women, peace and security||The Center for Peace Education’s (CPE) primary advocacy is to promote a culture of peace through education and advocacy. It was established in 1997 and over the years initiated the inclusion of peace-focused courses in the curriculum of the International Studies and Education Departments. In 2006 it recommended the introduction of the Peace Studies minor program under the International Studies Department. Over the past decade it has served as a Peace Education hub, training teachers from Colleges of Education from all over the Philippines and the Southeast Asian Region. In addition it has also used its networks such as the Philippine Council for Peace and Global Education and the Peace Education Network to raise awareness and advocate for women’s meaningful participation through education, highlighting the important role of academic institutions in building holistic peace.
The CPE was among organizations that approached government to adopt a National Action Plan on UN SCR 1325. CPE formed part of the Preparatory Committee for the NAP and helped organize and facilitate consultations with people on the ground on the content of the NAP on 1325. In March of 2010, the Philippine National Action Plan on UNSCRs 1325 was adopted via Executive Order 865. The Philippines was the first country in Asia and 18th in the world to adopt a NAP.
In 2010, the Center for Peace Education along with other organizations established the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325), the civil society network that helps implement the NAP on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820.
In the same year, the CPE started serving as the secretariat of WE Act 1325 helping expand the network by reaching out to many grassroots communities affected by armed conflict. Through consultations and trainings, WE Act 1325 helped empower and transform women to become active peacebuilders. Since its establishment, the Center has also been involved in various research studies to study the implementation of the NAP, particularly the gaps in implementation and how these can be addressed towards the full implementation of the objectives on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820.
Most of the Center’s involvement in WPS work is through the WE Act 1325 network. As secretariat it has fostered partnerships and linkages with international organizations and networks such as the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), IANSA Women’s Network, Conciliation Resources, and Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. The Center has also served as a resource center for various countries in Asia and the Southeast Asian region on topics that concern women, peace and security, women’s participation in disarmament campaigns and post-conflict normalization processes. In addition, the Center has also served as resource for the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines including their UN Peacekeepers Office on topics like human rights, international humanitarian law, conflict resolution and women, peace and security.