Women’s groups raise concerns to BTC

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COTABATO CITY: After holding a series of consultations across Mindanao, women’s groups converged here Friday and handed over their recommendations to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) for the crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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BTC Commissioners Raissa Jajurie, Abdullah Camlian and Talib Benito received the eight-page signed recommendations from Mindanao-based women’s groups during the Women’s Summit held here on Friday.

Hasna Adi, one of the summit organizers and member of the United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhil-Women), said the recommendations were the result of the consultations with around 3,000 women.

The women’s rights groups Nisa Ul Haqq Fi Bangsamoro, Bangsamoro Women’s Action for Development, UnYPhil-Women, and Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organization led the consultations which was funded by a British project aiming to entrench women’s participation in crafting the BBL.

Among other recommendations, the groups urged the BTC to consider the establishment of Bangsamoro Commission on Indigenous Peoples (IP), IP legal assistance office, Bangsamoro Regional Penitentiary Facility, Bangsamoro Division of the Court of Appeals, and Bangsamoro Office of the Ombudsman and the institutionalization of existing agencies like the ARMM Council Against Trafficking.

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