CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, MINDANAO– Eleven young leaders all over Mindanao have completed the Peace Promotion Fellowship (PPF) program of Equal Access International (EAI). The online PPF Wrap-Up activity is set on July 11, 2020. This will feature keynote messages from Bangsamoro Youth Commission OIC Chairperson, MP Marjanie Mimbantas Macasalong and National Youth Commission, Commissioner-At-Large, Paul Pangilinan.
EAI Philippines is excited to invite everyone to the first online PPF Wrap-Up of the inaugural batch of peace fellows in the country. The gathering will include inspirational messages from leading peace and development practitioners in the country and even from the USA, Kenya and Nigeria.
Peace Fellows will be receiving awards for their exemplary performance in the program and their valuable work in the community. The Peace Promotion Fellowship is a six-month youth development program for outstanding young leaders aiming to co-create innovative and sustainable peace solutions to address challenges faced by their communities in Mindanao. It involved capacity development and mentoring sessions, area work immersion and peace project implementation.
“I became the person I dreamed of as a peace advocate. EAI provided me with that platform to tell my story of hope and resilience as an individual who has experienced growing up in conflict-affected areas. I am glad to be a symbol of hope and peace in my community,” said Ayesha Warid, one of the 11 peace fellows who implemented peace and educational activities for internally displaced children in Sulu.
The online event will be live-streamed at Equal Access International Philippines’ Facebook page starting at 1:00 PM on the said date.
For 20 years, Equal Access International (EAI) has profoundly participated in social change that challenges the norms affecting the marginalized communities. In the Philippines, EAI has committed to strengthen peacebuilding efforts through the implementation of its generative
feedback loop programming to deepen discourse, provide actionable opportunities in applying new information, and inform media content on an ongoing basis.
Combining targeted media content with social mobilization, EAI has demonstrated the ability to lead communities at greatest risk of communal and political violence toward sustainable solutions that engage the most vulnerable populations—particularly women, youth, and minorities—in a stakeholder-driven process of community development.