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PeaceWomen of the Month

August 2018

Rebecca "Karen" N. Tanada is Executive Director of the Philippine Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, one of PeaceWomen Across the Globe’s partner organisations. The Institute is a service and resource centre for peace and conflict resolution in the Philippines, with the goal of supporting the participation of citizens in the peace processes. The Peace Institute is a pioneer in advocating greater participation of women in the promotion of peace in the Philippines.

Karen Tanada has dedicated her life to peace and the participation of women in peace-building; she has been working for peace in the Philippines for several decades. She has been active in the country's social movement since the 1970s, was a co-initiator of the 1987 peace coalition and coordinated a women's development network between 1991 and 2001.

In addition to her role as Executive Director, Karen Tanada is also a member of the Third Party Monitoring Team which is responsible for implementing the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and she was a member of the Preparatory Committee that coordinated the preparation of the Philippine National Action Plan for the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. She is also head of PILIPINA, the feminist organisation that supports women and their families in setting up self-help groups to enable them to lead their own initiatives on issues such as health, childcare, legislation and the environment.

Karen Tanada is a co-initiator of major peace networks such as the Mindanao Peacewavers, the Waging Peace Philippines and Women Engaged in Action on 1325.

With her organisation, the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, and in cooperation with PeaceWomen Across the Globe, Karen Tanada will again be organising several Women’s PeaceTables in 2018. The programme will focus in particular on the participation of women in the implementation of the Bangsamoro peace process. However, the insights of women working on the peace process between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front will also be included. The capacity of women to participate in peace processes will be strengthened through a training series and through an exchange of experience at three local and one national Women’s PeaceTables coordinated by the GZO Peace Institute.

PWAG greatly values working on joint activities in the name of peace with a woman as dedicated as Karen Tanada.

(Photo: Peace Portal)