The Department of Political Science is happy to announce that we have received a grant from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation or Agencia Español de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) for the implementation of project entitled “Surfacing Narratives Towards Transitional Justice in the North and South: Weaving Women’s Voices – A Memory Project in Aid of Developing Transitional Justice Interventions.”
The project seeks to contribute to building appropriate, context-specific, gender-sensitive transitional justice mechanisms and processes in the country. As such, it advocates for the strengthening of women’s access to justice — specifically those from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), selected non-BARMM areas, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) — in connection with women’s experiences of and victories over sexual and gender-based atrocity crimes (SGBAC) during the period of Marcos Martial Law.
Additionally, the project intends to:
1. Highlight women’s agency in documented narratives (narrative documentation and the right to truth)
2. Provide space to build initial solidarity between women from the north (Cordillera Administrative Region) and the south (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and selected non-BARMM areas) (solidarity-building and the right to justice).
3. Initiate public reckoning of gender-based atrocities against women and entice critical conversations on appropriate transitional justice measures (knowledge-sharing, public information and the right to reparation).
4. Strengthen capacities of target implementing agencies to deliver gender-sensitive transitional justice programs in relation to the implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP WPS) 2017-2022 (training and the guarantee of non-recurrence).
The twenty (20)-month project is led by Dr. Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza, Associate Professor and Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect-Philippine Office (APRtoP-PO) based at the Department of Political Science.