DAVAO CITY - From victims of violence, Bangsamoro women become agents of change in the four minute video “A Better Bangsamoro for All: Women's Contributions to the Basic Bangsamoro Law” by international peacebuilding organization, Conciliation Resources, which will be screened at the “KUMBIRA: A Feast of Local Literatures” at People's Park on April 17, 2015 from 4:00 PM onwards.

The video captures the unified vision and commitment for a peaceful Bangsamoro of Lumad, Settler and Muslim women-- the result of 72 consultations with some 3,000 women undertaken by four women's organization in the Bangsamoro, namely Nisa Ul Haqq Fi Bangsamoro, Teduray-Lambangian Women's Group (TLWOI), UNYPHIL-Women, and the Bangsamoro Action for Development Initiatives, in partnership with Conciliation Resources.

Since 2013, they have been working together on a project called “Entrenching Women's Participation in the Basic Law of Muslim Mindanao” that seeks to secure women's participation in the new Bangsamoro Basic Law and the Bangsamoro Government. The resulting vision document landmarks the biggest effort yet in a multi-sectoral women's participation in the Mindanao peace process.

Validated in a Women's Forum, it captures the goals of women from different ethnicities and economic backgrounds under the Bangsamoro Government, which road to reality was set after the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was passed to Congress in September 10, 2014.

Amina Abdullah, a young mother, hopes: “As a mother I want protection from violence and lack of security.”

According to a study by Asia Foundation, the past decade of violence in Mindanao, has temporarily or permanently displaced an estimated three million Mindanaoans, majority of which are women and children.

Another concern is the recognition and protection of Indigenous Peoples' rights. Rebecca Mokudef of TLWOI stresses, “Respect for Indigenous Peoples ancestral land will serve as a key to achieving lasting peace and development in Mindanao.”

Noraida Chio of The Asia Foundation also points the Bangsamoro Government's responsibility in a becoming a venue “where women are protected and included in decision making.”

In the draft of the BBL, women shall be represented in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) and will be reserved a seat in the future Bangsamoro Parliament. They will also have the right “to meaningful political participation and protection from all forms of violence.”

The public screening of the video is aimed to educate the public of the key role of women in the shaping of peace and stability in Mindanao and the country. Copies of the document “A Better Bangsamoro for All: Women's Contributions to the Basic Bangsamoro Law” will be distributed during the screening.

The vision document is funded by Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The European Union and produced by Mindanews.

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