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“INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (YOUTH UNITE 2.0)” in Bangkok, Thailand.

I was blessed and lucky that I am the representative of my country for this prestigious event. At first, I was hesitant to accept the invitation. When my Executive Director told me that I would be representing our organization for this event and most especially it will be held in “Thailand”. when I heard that, my heart beat faster. I don’t know what I felt on that day, I guess it’s a mixed feeling of shocked, excitement and nervous. Shocked because it was a short notice its just 4 days before the event. Excitement because I will meet knew friends, new learning’s from different countries and off course I get to go to Thailand although its not my first time. Nervous because I don’t have a clue if what is the main agenda of the event. All I know is that there are youth representative from different countries.

But despite of the feelings I felt before, when I met the other representative from Philippines, in just an hour we click each other. We had different characteristics and style but we had one in common we are the PEACE Advocates in our place of origin. I am so thankful for Dallah, Princess Jurfaidah and Ate Ayyi for the fantastic bonding, new friendship and new experienced, we know that its just a short days but we will keep in touch when we go back to our places and continue to share what we’ve learned in the Youth Unite 2.0.

Philippine Team (New Friends)

Philippine Team (New Friends)

Preparing for the Country Presentation

Preparing for the Country Presentation

Youth Unite 2.0 it’s a wonderful experienced. It is not stressful; all participants are free and not forced to share what’s on our mind, opinion, thoughts during the discussion. Every discussion is interesting and language barrier is not a problem.

In Youth Conference I gained more knowledge on the different context of each country. I’ve learned that there are still countries that are not opened minded of what’s new in our society and there are countries that the rights of women are still not addressed. In the Philippines it’s been consistent in its effort to achieve equality between men and women. We have adopted laws that protect women against domestic violence, action plans that support gender mainstreaming, and we continue to take specific measures to improve the actual situation of women.

What I like in this event is how we explored labels, identities, stereotype and diversity because I really dislike how we have all grown up to know and believe gender stereotypes of both women and men. It’s 2015 and the fact that I still hear things like “that’s only for girls” or “only guys can do that” make me so irritated and upset. I don’t think gender should determine what you can and can’t do.

People are far too complex to be hindered by such labels. Women can be bigger providers then men all they want. Women can be muscular and athletic. Women don’t need to have a family. Men can nurture. Men can be stay at home as dad’s. Men don’t need to be macho alpha males. Life’s too short not to do what you want.

For me, the highlight of the event is when we had a cooking challenge, there so many stereotypes that we broke. Like “Cooking is the work of women not men.” Well in our group we had 1 man he is from Afghanistan and in their place Men is not doing what women do like cooking so he don’t know how to cook even doing market. But in our challenge he has no hesitation to help us, he volunteered his self-if what can he do. After the challenge I asked him what is the feeling? He just told me that he learned so many things and he is very happy that we had a challenge like that. The learning’s for this challenge is the equality of everyone. There is no such thing that men can’t do what women can do and viz-a-viz.

Cooking Challenge (Breaking the Stereotype)

Cooking Challenge (Breaking the Stereotype)

"its my First time to cook", some members shared their experience.

“its my First time to cook”, some members shared their experience.

I think the most important learning’s for this event is to VALUE and RESPECT each other’s unique IDENTITIES.

Lastly, Big thank you to the Facilitators who shared their expertise and knowledge, to the coordinator of the event Ms. Praew who exerted her effort to handle us and lastly to my new friends from different country (Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh) thank you for sharing your experiences and new friendship. See you all in FACEBOOK:) hehehehe

Delegates From 7 countries

Delegates From 7 countries

Group Picture for remembrance

Group Picture for remembrance

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Food and None Food Items Distribution to the IDP’s in Maguindanao

Province of Maguindanao:

On/about 25 February 2015, Armed Forces (AFP) Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang ordered an all-out offensive against the BIFF. Gen. Catapang issued his order amid fighting between the MILF and BIFF, which broke out in Pagalungan town in Maguindanao about two weeks ago. IDPs from the municipality of Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao IDPs from the municipality of Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao

259 Families from Brgy. Ganta to Datu Piang/ Rajah Buayan

185 Families from Brgy. Inaladan to Brgy. Pagatin

295 Families from Brgy. Kilay to Brgy. Nabundas

279 Families from Brgy. Bakat to Brgy. Nabundas

53 Families from Brgy. Pikeg to Brgy. Kuloy, Shariff Aguak

275 Families from Brgy. Pikeg to Brgy. Kitango, Datu Saudi

485 Families from Brgy. Pamalian to Brgy. Timbangan

298 Families from Brgy. Pusao to Brgy. Timbangan

351 Families from Brgy. Tapikan to Four (4) Evacuation Center/School

105 Families from Brgy. Malingao to Brgy. Dugangen

166 Families from Brgy. Lapok to Brgy. Dugangen

57 Families from Brgy. Balong to Brgy. Dugangen

IDPs from the municipality of Mamasapano, Maguindanao hosted by the municipality of Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao. (source: Rajah Buayan MDRRMO Kuzbari L. Ampatuan)

141 Families evacuated at Sitio Menang School Bldg. & in the Residential Compound of Brgy. Kagawad Samir.

103 Families evacuated at the Residential Compound of former Brgy. Chairman Blacky Dagandal and Madrasa.

With this, UnYPhil-Women with our partners UNHCR, Lutheran World Relief, Mahintana Foundation, Mindanao Convergence of NGO’s for Social Protection (MinConSP) joint forces for the Relief operation in several Evacuation Center in Maguindanao.

Intervention conducted by UnYPhil-women with partners;

Date Activity Kind of Unit Numbers of Families Served Evacuation Center Status Partners
March 27, 2015 Distribution of Rice Packed of Rice 1,400 Mahad Libutan

Barangay Liab

Mahad Kitango

Done MinConSP
March 27, 2015 Supplemental Feeding and Psychosocial Value Meal

Zest-o

Mineral water

Bread

2,000 Children Mahad Libutan

Libutan Elementary School

Done BALAY Rehabilitaion
April 2, 2015 Distribution of NFI Plastic Roll

Mat

Mosquito Net

Blankets

Hygiene Kit

265 Families

170 IPs

95 Moro

Barnagay Ahan, Guindulungan Maguindanao Done UNHCR
April 7, 2015 Distribution of NFI Plastic Roll

Mat

Mosquito Net

Blankets

Hygiene Kit

230 Families (IPs) Barangay Datalpan, Guindulungan Maguindanao Done UNHCR
April 11, 2015 NFI

Food item

Plastic Mat

Hygiene kit

Trapal

Mosquito Net

Rope

Plastic Pale

10 kls of rice

5 kls of monggo beans

1 Ltr. Oil

1 klo. Sugar

4 packs of Bear Brand (Adults)

40 cans of Sardines

10 cans of corn beef

6 cans of Tropical Fruit

1,318 Manggahan, Talayan E.C

Barangay Ahan, Datalpanda, muslim e.c, Guindulungan

Mahad Kitango

Brgy. Tulunan (Dam)

done In coordination with the LGU

Lutheran World Relief

Mahintana

MDFI

MinConSP

April 13, 2015 NFI

Promotion of Community awareness on Personal Health and Sanitation

8 boxes (72 pcs per box)

17 boxes (72 pcs per box)

36 boxes (72 pcs per box)

22 boxes (72 pcs per box)

134

307

645

400

Mahad Libutan

Mahad Libutan

Brgy. Pusao Post 1 2 3,

Dabenayan

Done OXFAM
April 14, 2015 NFI Blankets

Mosquito net

Plastic mat

trapal

144 Alunganen, Datu Piang UNHCR
April 15, 2015 HFI Hygiene Kit 145 –

110 –

Katibpuan

Nubundas

Done UNHCR
April 16,2015 NFI Hygiene Kits 150-

120-

Talitay

DAM

Done UNHCR
April 16, 2015 NFI Latrines kits 4 latrines

7 latrines

4 latrines

Mahad Libutan

Pusao

Dabenayan

Done OXFAM