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Juanday Esmael, (Maguindanao Alliance of Youth Advocates) MAYA president, fixes the Child Early and Forced Marriage info material before the session in Guindulungan, Maguindanao. MAYA is supported by the The Creating Spaces Project, which is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and implemented by Oxfam Pilipinas, United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhil-Women), Al-Mujadilah Women’s Association (AMWA) and other partner organizations. (Photo: Princess Taroza/Oxfam)
Juanday and Farhana are childhood best friends who grew up in Guindulungan, Maguindanao. They were classmates from elementary until college, and both were student leaders. Since grade school, Juanday and Farhana witnessed early child and forced marriages and violence against women in their...
A portrait of Asma Lumenda, an active member of the “Girl Defenders” Alliance working to end child marriage in the Philippines, in Muti, Guindulungan, Maguindanao. The Girl Defenders Alliance is part of the Creating Spaces Project, which provides livelihood for young mothers. It is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and implemented by Oxfam Pilipinas, United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhil-Women), Al-Mujadilah Women’s Association (AMWA) and other partner organizations.
Asma chose to be married at the age of 15, but her mother did not allow her. According to her, she decided to marry her current husband because of love.  "Early marriage is legal to us Muslims. However, I realized that it is difficult to marry and become a mother at an early age, especially if my...
Asnairah Tahir with other women leaders learn Qur’an teachings together in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. (Photo: Princess Taroza/Oxfam)
Asnairah Tahir has been a bakwit (internally displaced person) all her life. She is a resident of Mamasapano, Maguindanao, one of the battlegrounds in the Philippines between government forces and armed groups, and even for rivalry among family clans called rido.
Melan Sayutin, Sigay Nu  Babay organization president, conducts a  weekly meeting with fellow women in Sitio Gadong, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. (Photo: Princess Taroza/Oxfam)
When the 2008 conflict between Armed Forces of the Philippines and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters broke out, Melan's family and other hundred families were forced to evacuate to a safer place in Datu Odin Sinsuat.
Alam namin na hindi madali na makipag-usap sa ating mga magulang at ibang tao pagdating sa sex at kasarian. Kaya naman ngayong World Sexual Health Day, sasagutin namin nang libre ang inyong mga katanungan tungkol sa reproductive health, pakikipag-relasyon, teenage pregnancy at iba pang usapin...