In February 2011 UAF received a request from previous grantee RMP regarding the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). RMP is a peasant’s rights group that works to organize rural women and advocate for the rights of peasant women. NDFP is the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been carrying out an armed rebellion against the government for over four decades. In response, the government has launched increasingly repressive and violent counter-insurgency campaigns, which have come to be characterized by extra-judicial killings, abductions, and political imprisonments. As RMP notes, women and WHRDs have been especially hard-hit by these human rights violations. In January 2011 the government and the NDFP announced that they would formally resume peace talks that have been on hold since 2005. RMP recognized this as an opportunity to raise awareness of the effects of the ongoing armed conflict on women and the importance of a peaceful resolution. RMP requested funds to create a women’s peace consortium made up of fourteen major women organizations that will advocate for the inclusion of a women’s agenda in the talks and organize a committee to monitor the ceasefire that is expected to come from the negotiations. In addition, RMP planned a “Women for Peace Education Series” to provide alternative ways for women to share their voices and experience, such as through radio programs and art exhibitions.