Patricia Licuanan

Philippines, the

  • Geographic Location: Asia

About me:

I.M.O.W. Global Council Member Patricia Licuanan, a social psychologist, educator and women’s rights activist, is president of Miriam College, an all women’s college in Manila, Philippines. Prior to this position, she was professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, and academic vice-president of the Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines. Patricia is a recognized leader in advocating for gender equality in the Asia Pacific region. She served as chair of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women when it was the preparatory commission for the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. At the conference, she chaired the Main Committee, responsible for drafting the Beijing Platform for Action, a document which became the focal point and benchmark for the advancement of women’s rights and quality of life.

Patricia was also chair of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women. She has lent her expertise regarding the special post-reconstruction needs of women to the United Nations and governmental organizations concerned with the reconstruction of war torn countries and regions which have experienced natural disasters. Her most recent focus was on the Tsunami victims.

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President, Miriam College, Manila, Philippines
Chair, Asia Pacific Women’s Watch
Former Chair, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

I'm passionate about:

Women's rights

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From Economica:

In September 1995, representatives of 189 governments and more than 2,100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met in Beijing, China, to create a new agenda for women's empowerment and equality. The official conference and parallel NGO forum were the largest in U.N. history, attracting over 50,000 participants and observers. The conference also produced the Beijing Platform for Action, which still stands as the most wide-reaching international commitment to women's rights. I.M.O.W. Global Council member Patricia Licuanan served as chairperson of the main committee of the Beijing conference, which drafted the platform for action. Licuanan is president of Miriam College in the Philippines.



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