KASAMA Vol. 19 No. 1 / January-February-March 2005 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network

Women as peacemakers
Social Weather Stations survey

MANILA: MARCH 4, 2005 - The national survey conducted by Social Weather Stations for the Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW) found strong belief that women are better peacemakers, with both Filipino men and women sharing the same opinion. Nationwide support for women's participation in the peace process is equally high among both Filipino men and women (67% and 65%, respectively). Three out of five (62%) Filipinos agree that "women must be represented in the peace panel of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF."

Over half (58%) nationwide agree that "a woman has more talent than a man to find a way to settle a conflict without resorting to violence."

However, on whether "women are more effective than men in preventing conflict," the nationwide opinion is split, with 38% agree, 21% undecided, and 38% disagree.

The National Survey on the Participation of Women in Peace, Governance and Development was implemented from October 19 to November 2, 2004 with a sample size of 1,440 for the Mindanao Commission on Women, sponsored by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through the Philippines-Australia Governance Facility (PAGF).

Social Weather Stations was established in 1985 as a private non-stock, non-profit social research institution. Its members, called Fellows, are social scientists in economics, political science, sociology, statistics, market research, and other fields.

To find out more about the Social Weather Surveys and how SWS operates, visit their web site at or call in at the office.
SWS is located at #52 Malingap Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Philippines.
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