Australia Aids Mindanao Women Sector

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Australia Aids Mindanao Women Sector


Australia will fund a project to assist women in Mindanao and help them take a more active role in peace and development efforts in Mindanao.

Australia's international aid agency AusAID will provide P72 million (A$ 2 million) to the Mindanao Commission on Women for a program titled, "Another Mindanao is Possible!"

The program will provide better health services, higher quality education opportunities, and broader employment options for women and girls in Mindanao.

Through this program, Australia hopes to contribute further to a peaceful and stable Mindanao.

Women leaders from different areas in Mindanao joined Irene Santiago, chair and chief executive officer of the Mindanao Commission on Women, and AusAID's Minister Counsellor in the Philippines, Titon Mitra in launching the program in Davao City.

At the launch, Mitra said the importance of female participation in achieving strong development outcomes was well accepted throughout the world.

"Gender disparities in education and employment reduce development growth," Mitra said. Furthermore, the importance of women's involvement in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts has been recognized by the United Nations Security Council.

"This new program will allow the Commission to continue their important work in raising awareness, and generating support to address the adverse impacts of armed conflict in Mindanao on Muslim, Christian and indigenous women and children," he added.

"We also hope that AusAID's partnership with the Commission will contribute to an environment that will allow the various peace and development initiatives in Mindanao to achieve their maximum impact," Mitra said. …

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