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In support of the nationwide 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW), the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) held its first training on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) on 6 December 2019.
Fifty NDCP personnel participated in the training.
Co-facilitated by the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) of Miriam College, the training aimed to introduce the WPS agenda and its importance to women’s participation and empowerment.
Prof Aurora Javate De Dios, WAGI’s Senior Project Director, introduced different concepts and perspectives on peace and security. She emphasized that violence happens to both men and women, but women suffers the most according to available data.
Ms Brenda Pureza, WAGI Program Coordinator on Gender, Peace, and Security (GPS), discussed the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs), focusing on UNSC Resolution 1325 which aims to recognize the effects of armed conflicts on women and girls, and increase women’s participation in peace and security processes.
UNSC Resolution 1325 is the basis of the Philippine National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAPWPS) which was launched in 2010.
Ms Danica Gonzales, WAGI Coordinator of the Young Women’s Leadership Program, facilitated the workshop on women’s involvement in the peace process.
Another WPS Training is scheduled on 16 December 2019 for the second batch of NDCP personnel.
The NDCP is the government’s highest center for education, training and research on defense and national security. It confers the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) degree.