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Faith-based group says women are better disposed to helping drug offenders get back on the right path

Women assert role in Philippines' anti-narcotics war

Women from various faiths in the Philippines call on the government to act "compassionately" to help drug dependents during an interfaith women gathering in Manila on Oct. 6. (Photo by Mark Saludes)


Women from various religions in the Philippines say there is a very \"important role\" they should play in the government\'s anti-narcotics campaign, which has claimed thousands of lives in the past three months.

\"Women who understand faith have a strong grip on the values that are needed in dealing with the rehabilitation of drug offenders,\" said Macrina Morados, dean of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines.

The same women who \"suffer as victims of crimes and abuses\" can \"show mercy and extend compassion\" to help reintegrate drug addicts back to mainstream society, Morados told on the sidelines of a two-day \"celebration of life and faith.\"

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