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PH participates in ASEAN Dialogue on Women, Peace, and Security

08:32 PM September 18, 2020

Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso participates in the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s Role for Sustainable Peace and Security. Photo from DFA

PASAY CITY — Philippine SOM Leader Elizabeth P. Buensuceso participated in the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s Role for Sustainable Peace and Security held via video conference on September 10, 2020.

“The Philippines has been a constant advocate of gender and women’s issues, and has pushed hard for gender mainstreaming in ASEAN,” Ambassador Buensuceso said.

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A staunch advocate of women’s rights, Ambassador Buensuceso highlighted such Philippine advocacies including her initiative to conceptualize and launch the ASEAN Women for Peace Registry during her stint as the country’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, an aspiration aimed at enhancing the role of women in peace and reconciliation processes.

Ambassador Buensuceso also underscored the fact that among the major accomplishments of the Philippine ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017 were the adoption of the Joint Leaders’ Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security, and the Leaders’ Declaration on Gender Responsive Implementation of the ASEAN Community.

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She cited the Philippines as the first Asian country to give flesh to the United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 1325 – a landmark resolution on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) – when the Philippines formulated and adopted in 2010 the UNSC 1325 National Action Plan. She hailed Dr. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer as the first woman in the world to have signed a peace agreement that is today being implemented.

Ambassador Buensuceso conveyed Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.’s call for the incorporation of the WPS agenda in the ASEAN Comprehensive Pandemic Recovery Framework, especially since women and children are among the vulnerable sectors disproportionately affected by the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown.

Among those who spoke at the gathering were H.E. Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia; H.E. Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women of Australia; H.E Nguyen Phuong Nga, Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations; and H.E. Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs of the United Nations.

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