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Norway Strengthens Gender-Responsive Peacemaking in PH

Norwegian Embassy - Miriam College - Photo:Norwegian Embassy - Miriam College
From L to R: Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) Manila Political Adviser Nikki Delfin, Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jasmin Galace, RNE Second Secretary Stian Hegland, Deputy Head of Mission Larissa Falkenberg Kosanovic, Center for Peace Education Program Director Loreta Castro, CPE Project Coordinator Bianca Pabotoy, Miriam College Head for Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office Dr. Gail Galang.

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila partners with the Center for Peace Education (CPE) - Miriam College for the WePeace: Women in Peacekeeping project. The initiative provides a gender-responsive, community-based, training that will build the capacity of women peacekeepers in their local communities.

“Women and children exposed to conflict affected areas are often vulnerable to various security threats and dangers,” says Norwegian Embassy Manila Deputy Head of Mission Larissa Falkenberg Kosanovic.

“Educating women as peacekeepers will encourage their participation of in local dialogues and will promote sustainable peace in the long run,” she added.

Joint discussions for the WePeace: Women in Peacekeeping project

Joint discussions for the WePeace: Women in Peacekeeping project

As of August 2019, CPE - Miriam College shared that the project has engaged four different local communities affected by conflict and armed violence namely, North Cotabato, Surigao Del Sur, Kalinga, and Quezon Province.

The project aims to institutionalize a community of women peacebuilders that would eventually initiate activities that will empower women, promote peace, and prevent conflict in these communities.

From top (L-R): WePeace Training in Kidapawan, North Cotabatao, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur, Tabuk City, Kalinga, and Infanta, Quezon

From top (L-R): WePeace Training in Kidapawan, North Cotabatao, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur, Tabuk City, Kalinga, and Infanta, Quezon

Earlier this 2019, Norway launched its Fourth Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security 2019-2021 which details Norway’s systematic focus to strengthen the gender perspective in implementing peace dialogues across all missions.

This is in line with Norway’s foreign policy commitments to be a consistent partner for peace. Norway seeks candidature for the UN Security Council 2021-2022 to defend a humanitarian and rules-based global order.

In the Philippines, Norway has been the third-party facilitator between the CPP-NPA-NDFP (Communist movement) and the Philippine government the since 2001, and is the current Vice Chair of the International Decommissioning Body (IDB) that oversees the MILF decommissioning efforts in the Bangsamoro region.

Norway seeks to promote women’s rights and participation through persistent efforts of women, peace, and security.