Monday, September 22, 2008

Part 3 - Needs and Recommendations in Mainstreaming Gender in Peace Zone Conflict

Needs and Recommendations in Mainstreaming Gender in Peace Zone Conflict
Resolution Mechanisms

􀂃 To conduct more Gender Sensitivity Fora with
peace zone stakeholders – LGU, traditional &
religious leaders, PO, and women leaders.
􀂃 Establishing and strengthening of women
organizations in the peace zones through capacity
􀂃 The Gender and Development (GAD) Framework
must be consciously implemented in order to
effect a gender-sensitive governance in the
peace zones.
􀂃 Adopt the GAD Gender Continuum as shown in
Figure 1.1
􀂃 Support women inclusion in the peace
mechanisms Information Education Campaign
(IEC) like highlighting women achievements as
they are involved in resolving conflicts and
exemplary practices in governance.
􀂃 Coaching the women who are involved in
governance and in the peace mechanisms to
make them effective in leadership and decisionmaking.
􀂃 Effect policy inclusion of gender in PO
constitution and bylaws or through resolutions at
the LGU level.
􀂃 Increase community awareness on gender using
culture-sensitive forms of IEC and advocacy.

Concluding Remarks

The four-month project “Mainstreaming Gender in
Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in The Peace Zones”
resulted to laudable successes in terms of introducing
the gender perspective to the leadership of Muslim
communities in the project areas. These successes are
considered milestones since it successfully breaks into
the well-engrained notions of patriarchy so dominant on
the Muslim culture. When the project ended, the most
concrete manifestation of appreciation of the genderperspective
among the men leaders in the Muslim
communities is their commitment translated into
legislative actions of ensuring women’s participation in
local governance, in leadership, and especially in
conflict resolution mechanisms. The women leaders
positioned, however, lags in terms of embracing a
gender-perspective, even compared to the men. Since
most of those who occupy leadership position at present
are men, they are the ones who are first afforded the
opportunities of attending gender sensitivity and
gender-based activities. The Muslim women’s turn is
still a backlog at this time. This is another needed
breakthrough that COM faces, thus the articulation in
their recommendations.

At the Mindanao level, the Mindanao Commission on
Women, composed of women who are in politics, was
organized in 2002. It aimed to lobby for women’s
participation in the MILF-GRP peace talks. This initiative
needs to be supplemented with on the ground efforts at
strengthening women’s voice in peace process and
enabling women to emerge as equally capable leaders in
their communities.

The tasks at hand of the COM, being catalysts for
meaningful development in the Muslim areas, are heavy
with these demands. The four-month has tested the
grounds for gender in the Muslim world and the grounds
proved fertile. Now lies the bigger challenge of
sustaining the successes and to embark on a more
comprehensive development agenda for the Muslim
women, in particular and the whole Muslim community,
in general.

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