PGMA makes RP as 1st
Asian country to adopt UN decree on women in armed conflict
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has made the Philippines the first
country in Asia to adopt the United Nations Security Councils
Resolutions, when she recently signed Executive Order No. 865 creating
a National Steering Committee on Women, Peace and Security to
implement said UN decree.
The Philippines has
scored another first in Asia, this time as the first country in the
continent to adopt a national action plan ensuring human rights of
women in armed conflict.
An article on the
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
website said this is in compliance with the UN Security Council
Resolutions 1325 and 1820 for member countries to implement a National
Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
President Arroyo also
provided an initial funding of P5 million taken from her contingency
fund for the steering committee. Succeeding funding will be from the
National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security has four goals.
The first is
Protection and Prevention, to ensure the protection and prevention of
violations of women’s human rights in armed conflict and post conflict
The second is
Empowerment and Participation, to empower women and ensure their
active and ensure their active and meaningful participation in areas
of peace building, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, conflict
resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.
The third is Promotion
and Mainstreaming, to promote and mainstream gender perspective in all
aspects of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peace
Last but not the least
is Capacity Development and Monitoring and Reporting, to
institutionalize a monitoring and reporting system to monitor,
evaluate and report to enhance accountability for the successful
implementation of the NAP and achievement of its goals.
OPAPP head Annabelle
Abaya, who led the formal launching ceremony in partnership with the
Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and Sulong CARHRIL (Comprehensive
Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian
Law) in Quezon City, cited the crucial role of women in putting an end
to armed conflict because they are basically compassionate, kind and
She also said she will propose an establishment of an
advisory group composed of representatives from civil society that
will help monitor and evaluate reports of the NAP.