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Is the Bangsamoro Law a Sure Step Towards Peace in the Philippines?

by Juliana Cano Nieto

On September 10, 2014, the government of the Philippines and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) presented before Congress the Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). This 119-page document sets the legal basis for the political and financial autonomy of the Muslim region in the southern island of Mindanao. Will this law and what will follow be sufficient to achieve the sustainable peace people in this region aspire to?

Read more: Is the Bangsamoro Law a Sure Step Towards Peace in the Philippines?

Climate Summit – Global People's Mobilization -- Engendering Climate Justice

Gender and Climate Change: Toolkit  for Women on Climate Change

A Global People's Climate Mobilization is taking place on September 20 and 21, just before the historic summit on climate change that is bringing heads state to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. In New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilisation – in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media.

Read more: Climate Summit – Global People's Mobilization -- Engendering Climate Justice

20 years after Beijing

Feminists and women activists prepare for the Beijing+20 Asia-Pacific review

3rdSessionESCAPbangkokWomen continue to lobby and push governments for full implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, the most comprehensive plan for gender equality that was the outcome of the Fourth World Conference for Women in Beijing, China. Adopted by 189 countries, the Platform for Action is considered a major achievement by a global women's movement to put women's issues of rights and equality on government agendas.

At the Third Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, August 18-20, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand, government delegates and women's CSOs from the region came together to review the elements of a draft outcome document for the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review. This was the first draft review in preparation for the High Level Review Meeting that will take place at the UNESCAP headquarters on November 17, 2014.

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Women and Peacebuilding in Pakistan

Women and PeacebuildingAmna Waheed will never forget travelling by land across the border from her home country of Pakistan, to Afghanistan. She was 26 years old, the only woman and the facilitator of a civil society delegation, including religious leaders and community elders, engaged in developing dialogues between communities in the conflict affected border region. "It had a huge impact on me in terms of understanding how there was a huge space for women to be more involved in non-traditional fields," she told Isis International.

When the situation in Amna's province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, worsened as a result of the global "War on Terror", she moved to Islamabad for work and became involved in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Now 30, she has returned to become the Coordinator of the Provincial Commission on the Status of Women, focusing her work on women in conflict and crisis.

Read more: Women and Peacebuilding in Pakistan

Remembering Sunila Abeysekera (1952–2013)

by Marilee Karl

Feminist Activist, Women’s Rights and Human Rights Activist, Peace Builder

Sunila at the World Social Forum, Porto Alegre 2005. Credit: Susanna George

Is it really a whole year since we lost Sunila Abeysekera? She remains such a strong presence in the global feminist movements, a shining light and inspiration for all of us. Feminist activist, women’s rights and human rights activist, peace builder since the early 1970s, she is remembered and celebrated by countless people whose lives she touched.

Sunila was awarded the UN Human Rights Prize in 1998 for her tireless defence of human rights and for her peace-building efforts in her home country of Sri Lanka. Her much deserved international acclaim did not keep Sunila from continuing her activism in grassroots feminist initiatives. Sunila was first and foremost a feminist activist, an organizer and a catalyst in local, national, regional and global feminist and other social movements.

From the very beginning of her activism, Sunila was aware or the importance of information and communication in empowering women. She was a founding member of the Women and Media Collective in Colombo, Sri Lanka and founder of INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre.

The story of Sunila’s early activism and emergence as a feminist is a part of the legacy she left to all of us. It also makes for fascinating reading: In We were Feminist First” Kumudini Samuel writes about “Sunila’s contribution to catalyzing the activism of the nascent feminist/women’s movement of the early 1980s and the feminist theorizing she encouraged to underpin this activism.”

Sunila was a consummate networker. She brought feminist activists together. She participated in and contributed to so many women’s organisations. Isis International is one of them. She had a long and active association with Isis International and was a member of the Isis International Board of Trustees from 1998 – 2001. She was also a good friend, one of those with whom you could take up where you left off even after a long absence.

Read more: Remembering Sunila Abeysekera (1952–2013)

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WiA carries in-depth articles on issues facing women globally from a feminist perspective. This social movement publication links women’s issues to larger social issues and features women writers from around the world.

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Research Report, Women and Peacebuilding, Philippines

Recognising Women’s Participation in Sustainable and Lasting Peace.  Isis International realised it is essential to initially find out to what extent or if any at all do peace advocates include or consider women and gender in their peace work with from ICCO foundation, Isis carried out a study on women peacemakers in the Philippines.

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Isis Resource Center holds one of the largest feminist collections of materials in the Global South. With 40 years of publication experience, Isis holds a vast collection.

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Relive the historical milestones of the women’s movement with this Isis collection of posters. 

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