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June 23, 2017

WOMEN AND WAR: Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday visited the women and families displaced by the Marawi conflict. In partnership with fellow peace advocate Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, who convenes the Ranao Rescue Team (RRT), the senator distributed relief goods consisting of food, blankets, bath towels and hygiene kits to the Moneerah Integrated School in Iligan, which serves as an evacuation center for hundreds of internally displaced persons.

Hontiveros said that women are one of the most affected by war. She said that many "women of war" lost their fathers, husbands and sons. They also become vulnerable to gender-based abuses. The Senator however said that women are also effective peacemakers and rebuilders of communities. She said that the Maranao women will play a central role in rehabilitating Marawi.