Samira Gutoc-Tomawis is a strong advocate for Muslims in Mindanao. She has particularly strong support in Marawi City, where she runs relief missions to civilians still suffering the results of the five month battle in Marawi between government forces and DA’ESH supporters in 2017.
She has been critical of the delayed rehabilitation of the city ravaged by the war and the continued imposition of martial law in Mindanao. She served as a member of the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. She is the founder of Asian Peace Alliance, writes for Asian Muslim Action Network and was awarded the 2018 N-Peace Award for her activism by the United Nations Development Programme.