The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID)

December 2021 – The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy’s (PCID) podcast, “She Talks Peace” is a unique podcast series featuring women leaders and peacebuilders from all over the world. The podcast, which was launched on August 8, 2021 to commemorate the ASEAN Day, is anchored in the United Nations Women, Peace and Security agenda. “She Talks Peace” provides a platform to share women peacebuilders’ stories and highlights their role in bringing lasting peace and security to their communities.  

The podcast, which is moderated by Amina Rasul Bernardo, President of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and Dina Zaman, a Malaysian writer and co-founder of IMAN Research, is aired on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.    

PCID plans to use the podcast to train potential peacebuilders, particularly young women and girls from areas of conflict. Initially, they will focus on Muslim Mindanao and the diaspora. The podcast will inform the materials and modules of the human-rights based peacebuilding training and enable students to engage and deliberate on key issues within the Philippine political system. 

Outcomes and Impacts:  

  • In the first month of operation, “She Talks Peace” was mostly listened to locally in the Philippines, with some listeners in the United States, Canada, and Malaysia. According to Spotify data, the podcast has expanded its audience base dramatically and, as of December 2021, is listened to in 40 countries.
  • MindaNews, the most credible online news portal on news about Mindanao, features a “She Talks Peace” weekly column. 

Decemeber 2020 – The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID), with the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, facilitated a virtual launch of the She Builds Peace campaign in December 2020.  The event, which brought together embassy representatives, civil society members, and others from the Philippines and the region, featured a conversation on the 20 years since the passing of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.  This included discussions about progress that has been made since then, and what work still remains to be done.  Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Founder and CEO of ICAN, sent a recorded message about the importance of recognizing, protecting, and funding women peacebuilders, and including them in peace and other decision-making processes. 


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