BARMM Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Strategy

Purpose of the Study

This strategy intends to contribute to the meaningful and sustained economic empowerment of women in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

It builds on the work of the three-year Women’s Empowerment for Leadership in Development and Peace in the Bangsamoro (WELD-Peace) Project Phase 2 which supports advocacies and initiatives that strengthen the women’s agenda in the Bangsamoro. Recognizing that engaging key institutions and processes on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) remains a challenge in the region, the project is investing in the development of this WEE strategy containing actionable areas that WELD-Peace partners and stakeholders may adopt and integrate in their policies, plans and programs.

It is also aligned to the directions of the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC) and its stakeholders, particularly the various women’s agenda that have been recently drafted with support from development partners such as Oxfam Pilipinas and United Nations (UN) Women. It draws on key strategic documents and programs developed by these agencies which aim to promote WEE.

The strategy further recommends WEE strategic actions that can be pursued by different BARMM stakeholders. While the strategy includes some metrics for measuring success, it does not aim to provide detailed guidance for specific program design and implementation.