Gender and Conflict in Mindanao


It has been more than a decade since the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, which called upon the international community to actively consider the needs of women and girls in conflict situations, and incorporate them into peace-building and conflict resolution activities.In that time, there has been considerably greater understanding and recognition of women’s varying roles in both conflict and peace-building, as well as of the different impacts of conflict on men and women.There is now strong support for the view that --through their social contributions as citizens, educators, economic actors, mothers, community mediators and leaders of civil society groups--women hold a vital responsibility for shaping peace.
Yet, for all the rhetorical progress in acknowledging the importance of incorporating gender into conflict mitigation and resolution programming, efforts remain limited.To the degree that such efforts have been undertaken, they often remain confined to a Women In Development-style approach, expanding women’s participation into per-figured, ostensibly gender-neutral programs.This is far from adequate, as this approach frequently fails to incorporate women stakeholders' input into fundamental program design, or to consider how enhancing the quality of women’s participation might improve outcomes.

Source InstitutionThe Asia Foundation
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Place of PublicationGeneral Santos City
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