The Bangsomoro Human Wellness Center in southern Philippines stands tall amid crossfire between insurgent and state armies engaged in one of the longest running conflicts in Asia. Founded by the United Youth of Philippines – Women, Inc (UnYPhil-Women), this crisis center represents a “safe haven, an empowering place for women and girls” impacted daily by a conflict that has killed more than 150,000 people and displaced two million more.
Earlier this year, male representatives from insurgent groups, state military, and local government put generations of hostilities aside to come together to celebrate the opening of the Center with UnYPhil members and staff earlier this year. In a legacy of conflict, a remarkable feat!
Since 2007, the Global Fund has supported UnYPhil’s tireless work to organize conflict resolution trainings, livelihood programs, and legal guidance for women and children survivors of violence. Before the Center, UnYPhil says communities lacked the support structures and physical safety to address pressing issues like displacement, rape and trafficking. This center is the first of its kind in Maguindinao province, providing a secure venue for UnYPhil to continue its exceptional work.