Hadja Giobay Diocolano
Women have been at the forefront of bringing and sustaining peace in the Philippines. The N-Peace awardee Miriam Coronel Ferrer, became the first woman in the world to sign a peace treaty. Many others like her are leading the peace efforts in the Philippines.
Hadja Giobay Diocolano, is the State Chairperson of Women’s Committee of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) covering most of the Central and Western Mindanao region. Hadja Giobay was a combatant, a first aider, a sister, and a mother of her co-woman revolutionaries. After the Peace Agreement between the Philippine’s government and the MNLF, her struggles continued as a peace advocate. She was instrumental in organizing the children of the MNLF combatants and helping them become peace and development advocates. She formed Kadtabanga Foundation of Peace and Development Advocates, Inc (KFPDAI) and successfully organized and supported 30 conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable communities in central Mindanao to become peace and development communities (PDCs). She used her talents in skills and community organizing to promote the culture of peace among the communities affected by conflict, especially focused on youth and women.