“Indeed, we have a long way to go.” These were the words of Sophia Dianne C. Garcia (GS 2007, HS 2011, College 2015) in her call to action at the United Nations Security Council meeting in April 2019 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. In her remarks before the UN Security Council, Sophia highlighted the challenge of increasing women’s participation in peace building in the Philippines.
In order to fully reach the goals of the Security Council Resolution 1325, a diverse and active group of young people would be essential so that a culture of peace and meaningful participation can be fostered. She shared the experience of the Young Women+ for Peace and Leadership which she coordinates in mobilizing and training 4000 young people from over 30 provinces. To sustain their involvement, she urged the UN and the national government to invest in opportunities to deepen their training on peace education and human rights and engage them in conflict prevention.
Sophia is Project Officer at the Center for Peace Education at Miriam College. This engagement is a fitting platform that will enable Sophia to promote an agenda for peace. Realizing the goals of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 is a national commitment, and Sophia is determined to play a significant role towards bridging the differences in our society that prevent an enduring peace.
Read Sophia’s full speech below.