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Philippines

Social Media Advocacy & Human Rights

In the Philippines, members of the YWL program have seized the opportunity to increase the meaningful involvement of young women, LGBTQIA+ youth, and male gender equality allies in political decision-making and peace processes. Creating a national youth-led movement for progressive social transformation, YW+PL members mobilized over 1500 local young people through community-focused youth discussions on the link between informed voting, political participation, and the accountability to international human rights law for elected government representatives. In addition, by developing and implementing an effective media and social media strategy, YW+PL members have been able to bring the voices of young women and LGBTQIA+ leaders advocating for gender equality, women’s rights, and sustainable peace to general Filipino audiences and a broader global online community.

Support to Peace Agreement Implementation and Ongoing Peace Processes

To prevent the deterioration of fragile peace in their communities, YWL members organized community youth peacebuilding dialogues. These peacebuilding dialogues raised awareness of important elements of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, that could lead to the effective implementation of the WPS and YPS resolutions. Through community youth peacebuilding dialogues, the youth leaders mobilized over 1,752 local youth and other stakeholders to discuss gender equality, women’s rights, human rights, sustainable peace, and how the impact of the pandemic on these issues. These dialogues successfully raised awareness of the importance of the effective implementation of the WPS and YPS resolutions. They also strengthened young voices to advocate for human-rights-based, young women-led approaches to conflict prevention and resolution and countering violent extremism.

Countering Fake News and Disinformation

In the Philippines, YWL members delivered social media campaigns focused on the 25th anniversary of the BPFA, the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, and the 5th anniversary of UNSCR 2250. To mark these important occasions, they launched the campaign #IHaveMySay which raised awareness of the WPS and YPS resolutions and highlighted young peacebuilders’ roles in their implementation. The campaign emphasized the priorities for building peace and achieving gender equality for local young women in the Philippines. In addition, the YWL members organized another social media campaign titled “10 Ways to Be a Peaceful Digital Citizen” to promote inclusive and safe online spaces and counter fake news, disinformation, and misinformation about women’s rights, the peace processes, and the COVID-19 pandemic. As a part of the campaign, participants organized Facebook Live conversations amongst YWL members from different parts of the country to share tips on maintaining safe online advocacy spaces for activists and aspiring peacebuilders creating and maintaining safe online spaces.

COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted marginalization, discrimination, sexual and gender-based violence and insecurity experienced by women, young women, and girls across the world. In numerous countries, there are reports of increased incidence of early, forced, and child marriage as a result of disrupted education of young women and girls and increasing financial insecurity in many families. In response, Young Women Leaders for Peace (YWL) members from the Philippines mobilized to meet the urgent, often overlooked needs of women, girls, and other historically marginalized groups in government emergency response programs. They distributed relief goods, face masks, hygiene products, and school supplies to over one thousand women and girls and their families reaching 10 conflict-affected communities in the region. They also raised awareness of the gendered impacts of the pandemic by discussing the increase in sexual and gender-based violence including child, early and forced marriage, and teenage pregnancies in their communities.

© 2020, Young Women Leaders in the Philippines distributing dignity kits in response to COVID-19 outbreak

News & Blogs

Updates on the Young Women Leaders for Peace in the Philippines

Local women’s participation is a necessary ingredient for the success of the implementation of the peace agreement in the Philippines

Local women’s participation is a necessary ingredient for the success of the implementation of the peace agreement in the Philippines March 27, 2019 by Mallika Iyer Edited by Mavic Cabrera-Balleza   The conflict with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) has been framed purely from ...
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YOUth are Part of the Narrative! Young women and LGBT youth leaders in the Philippines mobilize to ensure youth voices in the elections, charter change and the Bangsamoro Organic Law

YOUth are Part of the Narrative! Young women and LGBT youth leaders in the Philippines mobilize to ensure youth voices in the elections, charter change and the Bangsamoro Organic Law April 1, 2019 by Mallika Iyer, Lynrose Genon, and Cynthe Zephanee Nietes   The Philippines is at a critical juncture ...
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Young Women Lead Non-Partisan Electoral Education Efforts in the Philippines

Young Women Lead Non-Partisan Electoral Education Efforts in the Philippines August 20, 2019 by Anne Campbell and Beatriz Ciordia “Youth don’t have to be politicians to be involved in the election process.” With these words, Asmin A. Monib, a member of the Young Women+ for Peace and Leadership (YWPL) in ...
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From rebellion to governance: The establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and local women’s participation in it

From rebellion to governance: The establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and local women’s participation in it August 27, 2019 by Mallika Iyer Edited by Mavic Cabrera Balleza After four decades of armed conflict, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines signed ...
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When Warring Parties Abandon Peace Negotiations: Lessons from Peacebuilding Efforts Led by Local Women in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur, Philippines

September 19, 2019 by Mallika Iyer Edited by Mavic Cabrera-Balleza   “What do you do when the warring parties have left the negotiating table?” was the question on every participant’s mind during a capacity building workshop and writeshop conducted by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), in partnership with the Center for Peace Education at Miriam ...
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Charting a Feminist Present and Future: Young Women for Peace and Leadership Program Recognized by the United Nations Secretary-General in Report to Security Council on UNSCR 2250

From DRC to Indonesia, from Bangladesh to South Sudan, young women defy gender and age stereotypes and act as leaders, peacebuilders and agents of change in their communities. They are first responders in humanitarian crises, prevent recruitment by violent groups by building a culture of peace, and set up small ...
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Solidarity & Peace Amidst the Pandemic: Young Women Leaders Meet Online for the First-Ever Global Dialogue

Solidarity & Peace Amidst the Pandemic: Young Women Leaders Meet Online for the First-Ever Global Dialogue April 23, 2020 by Heela Yoon and Katrina Leclerc Edited by Mavic Cabrera-Balleza and Agnieszka Fal Dutra-Santos “Afghan women have been fighting for their right to be meaningfully included in the peace process with ...
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Youth Leaders Demand Action: Analysis of the Third UN Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

Youth Leaders Demand Action: Analysis of the Third UN Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security July 17, 2020 by Katrina Leclerc “Coming from a community where youth continue to experience violence, discrimination, limited political inclusion, and are at the brink of losing trust in the government systems, the ...
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Preserving Peace in the Pandemic: Young Women Leaders and Gender Equality Allies Mobilize in the Philippines

December 14, 2020 by Mallika Iyer and Heela Yoon “We want peace! We’re ready to work for it!” – declared members of the Young Women Leaders for Peace (YWL) in the Philippines during an online capacity-building training organized by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), with support from Channel ...
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Launching the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao’s Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security: In Search of Intersectionality and Localization

December 16, 2020 by Queenie Pearl V. Tomaro and Mallika Iyer In 2014, the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace agreement to bring 40 years of armed conflict to an end and establish the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The ...
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