Muslim woman at the Vatican to promote Islamic-Christian dialogue
At the Forum she has been tasked with describing the activities in favour of inter-faith dialogue that are underway in this southern Filipino island, scene for decades of a war between the Filipino army and Islamic rebels.
“I thought this would be another venue to ask for help for the humanitarian crisis in the Mindanao,” she said.
Her NGO, Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID), is involved in projects that promote peace in the province and provide help to the population, which has suffered a lot from the ongoing violence.
Thanks to her lead the PCID is actively involved in building a “peaceful, progressive and democratic Muslim Mindanao.”
Before leaving for Rome she renewed her commitment to solve the island’s “humanitarian crisis”.
In the past she taught peace and conflict studies at the Dominican-run Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila, thus favouring the integration of Muslim and Christian cultures.
Ingrid Mary Mattson, a professor of Islamic studies at the Hartford (Connecticut) Seminary in the United States, is among the other women present at the Christian-Muslim Forum which ends next Thursday.