The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao may be a new political entity, but the Bangsamoro government’s work in uplifting women and upholding women’s rights has a long and established history in the region.

For years, Minority Floor Leader Atty.Laisa Masuhud Alamia has taken part in the difficult but necessary work of centering women’s voices and advocating for women empowerment and gender equality. Today, she joins her fellow Bangsamoro women during the launch of the Bangsamoro Regional Action Plan for Women, Peace, and Security 2020-2022. The BM-RAPWPS 2020-2022 is a document that supplements the Philippine government’s third generation National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

Led by the Bangsamoro Women Commission, the formulation of the BM-RAPWPS is the regional government’s contribution to the Philippine government’s commitment in upholding the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. Both documents call for women’s participation in peacebuilding efforts and for the protection of women and girls against gender-based violence in times of conflict.