Voices from University for Peace: Philippines and United States
Jamila-Aisha Sanguila is from Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte in Mindanao, Philippines. She is a daughter to a Muslim father and Christian mother. Her experience as a product of intermarriage gave her an advantage to bridge understanding in a conflict-ridden area of Mindanao.
She is a faculty member of the Department of History at Mindanao State University-Main Campus and a former Coordinator of Civic Welfare Training Service and Silsilah Forum Marawi of Silsilah Dialogue Movement. She was one of the active facilitators in the Youth Leadership Summit in Mindanao, empowering young individuals especially in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. She is a member of Silsilah Dialogue Movement, an interfaith movement that promotes better relations and deeper understanding between Christians, Muslims, and people of other living faith. An active promoter of spirituality of life in dialogue, a peacebuilder, historian, and gender activist, Jamila hopes to be an instrument of change for a peaceful and better Mindanao.
In 2011, she was awarded by The Nippon Foundation of Japan as one of the fellows in Asia Leaders Dual Campus Programme (Ateneo de Manila-University for Peace). She is currently pursuing her Masters in Gender and Peacebuilding in United Nations-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.