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Gutoc urges women’s participation in efforts to curb terrorism

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 08:07 PM February 06, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Women experts must be allowed to help in fighting terrorism, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc said on Wednesday.

“It is the security cluster. It is all men deciding […] are you listening from the women’s sector as well?” Gutoc told INQUIRER.net after the signing of the Otso Diretso covenant at UP’s Bahay ng Alumni in Quezon City.

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“The President has to let the National Security Council be called to task the DND (Department of National Defense). We want women representation in the decision-making [process on] security,” she said, adding that a holistic approach to preventing crime and terrorism must be adopted.

She said women leaders must push for a holistic perspective of security and crime prevention as well as curbing violent extremism.

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Gutoc then chided President Rodrigo Duterte on his remarks against women, noting that it may hinder decision-making on security.

“We ask the president right now: Dahil ba binabastos ang babae ngayon kaya hindi kami nagiging parte sa pagdedesisyon on security (Is it because women are now mistreated that we are not part of the decision-making on security)?” she said. /ee

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