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Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence and Children Protection Issues in Conflict-affected Areas in Central Mindanao

The project “Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence and Children Protection Issues in Conflict-affected Areas in Central Mindanao” is a joint collaboration of United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhil-Women) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) under the DFID funding support. .

The overall goal of the project is to strengthen Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Children Protection (CP) prevention and response in conflict-affected communities of Central Mindanao. Specifically, it aims to (a) capacitate local prevention mechanisms in monitoring, reporting, and responding to GBV and CP issues, (b) raise awareness of community people of GBV and CP issues, and (c) provide prompt and appropriate services to survivors of GBV and GCRV in the communities. The coverage areas of the project are where UnYPhil-Women are primarily operational. All the identified communities experienced conflict and displacement in 2013, thus, women and children from these communities were more vulnerable to gender-based violence (GBV) and grave child rights violations (GCRV). The principal activity of this project is Situational Needs Assessment; accordingly, GBV and Child Protection (CP) programming in the identified areas shall be determined by the results of the assessment.

The project will be implemented under four (4) main components. However, the activities are for the first quarter of project implementation. The second quarter activities shall be determined by the Situational Needs Analysis.

The four (4) components expected result are:

  • Numbers of local protection mechanism members trained in GBV and CP prevention and response
  • Community people from eight (8) identified communities gained awareness of GBV and CP issues
  • At least 80% of reported GBV and GCRV cases are verified and promptly responded to with appropriate service

 The project shall be implemented in five (5) barangays from four (4) municipalities of North Cotabato such as:

  1. BrgyMalingao, Municipality of Midsayap
  2. BrgyPaiduPulangi, Municipality of Pikit
  3. BrgyMarbel, Municipality of Matalam
  4. Brgy New Bunawan, Municipality of Tulunan
  5. BrgyMaybula, Municipality of Tulunan

And three (3) barangays from three (3) municipalities of Maguindanao such as:

  1. BrgyDamabalas, Municipality of DatuPiang
  2. BrgyMirab, Municipality of North Upi
  3. BrgyGanta, Municipality of ShariffSaidona

Direct Beneficiaries:

  1. No. of Women: 320
  2. No. of Men: 160
  3. No. of Youth: 160
  4. 100% of GBV and GCRV Survivors

Indirect Beneficiaries:

  1. 30 LCAT-VAWC and LCPC members in 7 municipalities
  2. 80 CBCPN members in 8 barangays

The Situational Needs Assessment is composed of 2 activities like Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Key In format Interview (KII). The participants should be from selected direct beneficiaries from Women (5), Men (5), Youth (5 girls and 5 boys) and from the KII it should be the Barangay chairman, Religious Leader and School Teacher.

This is basically the social preparation component of the project. The result of the Situational Needs Analysis will then be the basis of GBV and CP programme development for the eight (8) sites in the next quarter of the project.

This project shall demonstrate in operational terms the response of UNYPHIL-Women to a myriad of concerns related to the present inequalities to gender brought about by armed conflicts in Central Mindanao, and the apparent prevalence of unaddressed – or selectively addressed – cases related to it. The Bangsamoro Human Wellness Center (BHWC) will serve as the mechanism/vehicle on which its officers, members and volunteers could resonate from as they engage in responding and preventing GBV and GCRV in conflict-affected areas.

Through the BHWC, UNYPHIL-Women shall provide a range of services to women, children, and communities including holistic response to violence survivors and community information sessions. The BHWC project team shall also engage with government agencies and other stakeholders and, through the Case Management Worker, with the GBVSC and CPWG to identify the best course of action to address the needs of survivors of violence. It is intended that all identified activities under this project shall be implemented utilizing the BHWC as staging platform. Thus, part and parcel of this initiative is the capacity building of local actors in GBV and CP response, and enhancing the participation of women in the beneficiary communities in GBV monitoring and reporting as sustaining mechanisms to preserve the gains of this initiative in the identified barangays.

The project will be implemented within a period of 6 months that will commence on the first day of March 2014. The activities outlined will be implemented on the first quarter of the project, after which, another work plan for the rest of the implementing period shall be devised based on the results of the Situational Needs Assessment. The project will end on the last day of June and an evaluation activity will determine the impacts and outcomes of the project.

 United Youth of the Philippines-Women

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Women for Peace, Peace for women

From February to October 2013, UnYPhil-Women conducted more than 20 orientations and consultations regarding the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) in the seven provinces (wholly or partially- Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi) of the proposed core territory of the new political entity. We were able to reach more than 1200 women (Moro, Non-Moro, and IP) from grassroots communities. This video is our wonderful journey.