Atty. Laisa Alamia will be sharing her experiences and insights about the challenges and prospects in the transition process of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as one of the speakers in “New dawn in Mindanao: Experiences, Challenges, and Prospects in BARMM,” a forum organized by the Department of Social Sciences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Mindanao Studies Center of the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

The event hopes to amplify women’s voices, especially the voices of women who uplift their fellow women through their engagements as political and civil society leaders and who have asserted the importance of women’s participation in the Bangsamoro throughout the peace negotiations. MP Alamia, with her experience as a human rights lawyer, former executive secretary of the now defunct ARMM, and as the current minority floor leader in the BARMM, will discuss women’s participation across different sectors, and what allies and partners can do to help forward the women’s agenda in the region. 

The forum is anchored on the framework of development and self-determination leading to the BARMM, and the important role of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in the ongoing political transition. It intends to provide an overview of the history of the Mindanao conflict, the Bangsamoro peace process, and current challenges and prospects in the BARMM.