From 10-12 August 2022 in Davao City, the Office of MP Ras Mitmug Jr. joined other information and media staff from the Bangsamoro ministries and offices and civil society organizations, including those coming from other parts of Mindanao, in the very first communication training focused on the promotion of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security or the WPS agenda.
Nor-ain Ibad Lambitan, Information Officer of this Office, emphasized that when we communicate women for their empowerment, we are also resonating to the campaign for peace. UN Women organized the training through the support of Global Affairs Canada and Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family through the WPS-ASEAN project.
UN Women WPS team lead in the Philippines Nery Nuyda Ronatay encouraged everyone to shape the narratives on peacebuilding and conflict resolution to promote women’s participation.
Ryce Chanchai, regional team lead on WPS and Governance, welcomed everyone and affirmed UN Women’s support for the groundbreaking initiative.
Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Arguillas of MindaNews opened the door to publish news and articles coming from within the Bangsamoro region.Chiara Zambrano inspired everyone when she shared her personal journey as a woman journalist covering armed conflict including the Marawi Siege in 2017.
Social Media B/Vlogger and Photographer-Videographer Louie Pacardo of Nomadik Media shared effective practices and tips to expand social media reach and improve photography skills.
The training culminated with the formation of a communicators network for WPS. “UN Women is overwhelmed with the affirmation from the participants that this initiative really matters to them, that this will help them become more effective in reaching their audiences, and that forming a network among themselves makes peacebuilding cohesive and comprehensively more inclusive. This is how we would like to build capacities.” Carol DawonlayvdaBello, Communication for Development (C4D) consultant said.