We need more powerful women that can work for peace and security. Tatiana Bengue
At the height of the Ebola crisis, it was estimated that 75 per cent of people contracting the disease were women. As the primary care givers to the sick, as nurses and as traders, women were more exposed to the virus and as such were often ostracised by their communities.
The threat of widespread disease may have passed, but in the Mano River border communities of West Africa, the impact of the devastating Ebola epidemic is still being felt today.
I hope the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro will be implemented otherwise history might repeat itself. Not all the children are like us who opted to finish our education. If the agreement will not be implemented, I fear that some children will also follow the path that their fathers took.
Datuan Magon is not your typical young person living in Mindanao, the Philippines.
The 33 year old is the Deputy Secretary General of UNYPAD (United Youth for Peace and Development), the largest Muslim youth organisation in the Philippines registered and accredited by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the government.
A strong believer in peaceful approaches to violence in his region, Datuan has worked in a number of roles to convey and spread that message over the last decade.
Orphelia, an Ebola survivor who worked with Loguatuo District Platform for Dialogue (DPD) found herself stigmatised and ostracised when she returned home. Our mediation efforts have helped Orphelia to successfully reintegrate and 'the community is at one again'.