WOMEN LEADERS. The Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC) honors six women who champion education, gender and development (GAD), internally displaced persons (IDPs), children, youth, and the environment as part of women’s month celebration culminating program. BWC granted each PHP20,000 and a plaque of recognition during a program in Cotabato City on Monday (March 28, 2022). (Photo courtesy of Bangsamoro Women’s Commission – BARMM)

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC), has honored six women advocates from various sectors in recognition of their contribution to the welfare of Moro women, an official said Tuesday.

“The search was aimed at recognizing the great contributions of women in the community, family, and for being a role model to everyone,” BWC chairperson Bainon Karon said in a statement.

The awardees were identified as Dr. Anna Zenaida Unte Alonto, Hadja Nabiha Noni Lao, Prof. Dalomabi Bula, Dr. Shahera Lucman, Nairah Mindalano Tambir, and Shri Tahanie Macaumbao.

They were each granted PHP20,000 and a plaque of honor during the Search for Bangsamoro Advocates 2022 awarding ceremony held in this city Monday.

The women leaders are known for advocating education, gender, and development (GAD), and care for internally displaced persons (IDPs), children, youth, and the environment.

Alonto was recognized for being a "woman in action," resilient, and educational reformist, making her services and presence felt at the height of the five-month Marawi siege in 2017.

Lao, who retired from the College of Public Affairs in Mindanao State University in Marawi City, continued her work as a civil society organization leader and for mainstreaming GAD. She imparted there is no peace without women.

Bula, meanwhile, was one of the brains of “Walk for Peace in 2018.” She supported the IDPs in fighting for their right to return to their homes in Marawi City and also led the Reclaiming Marawi Movement and the Let Me Go Home Movement.

Lucman is an advocate of molding and developing children, particularly protecting and safeguarding those with special needs in the community.

Tambir, on the other hand, served as president of the Batang Transformers Association of Lanao chapter, vice president for external affairs of the Association of Registered Campus Students Organization, among others.

She also championed as protector of children and students.

Macaumbao, a staunch advocate of environmental protection, served as an inspiration to a lot of young people through her various platforms.

In his message, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said the National Women’s Month celebration will not succeed without recognizing the contribution of the women. (PNA)