Filipino consul wins seat in UN treaty body on gender equality

MANILA -- One of the Philippines’ most accomplished diplomats has won a seat in the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that Philippine Ambassador Rosario Manalo was among 25 candidates vying for 11 seats in CEDAW for the term 2017-2020.

CEDAW is a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of an international bill of rights for women called the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Other 10 candidates who also won a seat in CEDAW were from Bahamas, China, France, Ghana, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mauritania, Nepal, Nigeria, and Norway.

Manalo served as Chairperson of CEDAW in 2005-2006 and the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 1984-1986, which became the Preparatory Committee for the 1985 Nairobi Third World Conference on Women.

After her previous stint in CEDAW, she brought the Convention’s concepts to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In the DFA, she has an unbeatable 57-year record of service performing in various capacities in multilateral fora and bilateral relations.

Manalo was assigned to her first diplomatic posting as Ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels (1979-1987). She later served as concurrent Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (1985-1987).

After a two-year secondment (1988-1990) as adviser to the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, she was named Philippine Ambassador to the French Republic (1990-1994), with concurrent accreditation to Portugal.

Manalo was also Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. From 1994-1997, Manalo was Philippine Ambassador to Sweden and the Nordic States, and the Baltic States. (PNA)
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