Miriam Coronel Ferrer
Miriam Coronel Ferrer became the first woman to chair the Government Negotiating Panel for Peace Talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
She is hugely influential and most recently known for her leadership role in the comprehensive agreement on the Bangsamoro, which was adopted in March 2014, signaling the end of the five decade armed conflict between Moro combatants and the government.
From academia to government, Miriam has been an inspiring figure in her campaign for peace. University of the Philippines (UP) political science professor, Miriam was one of 27 Filipinos nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Co-founding with Soliman Santos Jr., the Philippine Campaign to ban landmines in 1995, Miriam successfully lobbied the Philippines government to sign the International Treaty on the Prohibition of the Use, Production, Stockpile and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines. Later joining the Geneva Call Mission to negotiate with the Moro Islamic Liberation front to observe the ban of Anti-Personnel Mines and then appearing before Senate and house committee hearings to push for the governments ratification of the international treaty and the passage of national legislation.
For years, Miriam has led national and international peace building initiatives. She co-founded in October 2005 the Sulong CARHRIHL, a national network of organizations promoting the observance of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, serving as its lead convener. Thanks to her efforts, the Sulong CARHRIHL facilitated the drafting of the National Action Plan on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peacebuilding that ultimately became adopted by the Philippines Government in 2010.
As an academic, Miriam coordinated and introduced the Program on Peace, Democratization and Human Rights at the University of the Philippines. An expert and acclaimed speaker in local and international conferences on peace, human rights and conflict concerns, she continues to amass large audiences whilst pushing the agenda of peace forward.