Did you know that...

CEDAW happens to be an initiative of Filipino women who represented the Philippines at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Helena Z Benitez, who was the chairperson then, had succeeded on having the Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women adopted by the General Assembly during her term in 1967; and in 1975, Leticia R. Shahani, prepared the working draft of the CEDAW based on the Declaration as a member of the CSW working group.

In 2005, the chair of the UN CEDAW Committee tasked to monitor compliance to the treaty, was former Ambassador Rosario G. Manalo, another Filipina.

--Women's Feature Service, Philippines


a movement for the promotion of women's human rights

CEDAW Watch Philippine Network formed in March 2006 to promote awareness of and advocate for laws to be aligned with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.


CEDAW Watch Philippines aims to promote women's human rights though the popularization of and effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

It is a network of women individuals and groups involved in women's human rights advocacy at the national and international levels.

The network promotes awareness of CEDAW amongst government, civil society organizations and the public in general through educational campaigns. Educating the public about the importance and critical role of human rights treaty bodies for the defense of women's human rights, the network will develop pro-active citizens who can effectively monitor government's compliance with CEDAW.

While using CEDAW as a major instrument towards the formation of and realization of the goal of women's human rights, the network maintains that women's human rights are much broader than just the CEDAW treaty itself. The network advocates for laws to be aligned with international obligations/treaties such as CEDAW. In working on CEDAW, the network deals with two faces and dynamism: (a) international level and (b) national or local level. It believes that advocacy must be strengthened at the local level.

Objectives of the Network

  • · Recruit members and formally organize a CEDAW Watch network/forum of CEDAW advocates that shall sustain a system of monitoring and advocacy for women's human rights in the Philippines.
  • Activate an electronic mentoring and monitoring system among CEDAW Watch members and affiliates.
  • Conduct orientation briefing for key legislators and legislative staff on CEDAW and legislative agenda for women's rights issues in the Philippines.
  • Dialogue with various women NGOs and CSOs on complementary initiatives at policy advocacy and resource mobilization.

The network serves two important functions:

  • As a monitoring mechanism by ensuring that the government will not get away with its commitment to protect women's human rights; and,
  • As a resource center leading the popularization of CEDAW. CEDAW is not widely known to the public or even to the government officials/employees even if it has been in existence for twenty-five years. The network will be able to bring concrete programs to enrich and inform women.

    CEDAW Watch Committees / Areas:
  • Monitoring Mechanism for GRs and Committee Observations & Suggestions to the Government
  • Education and Public Policy on CEDAW & WHR / CEDAW and Rights-based Approach to Development (BPFA & MDGs)
  • Lobbying for Women's Equality Law (Magna Carta of Women in the Philippines)
  • Explicitly promote women's freedom of information and choice
  • Network expansion


Aurora `Oyie' Javate de Dios
Organizational affiliations:
Former Philippine Representative to CEDAW
Executive Director, Women and Gender Institute
Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific
Former Chairperson, National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women
Southeast Asia Watch (SEAWatch)

Patricia `Tatti' Licuanan
Organizational affiliations:
President, Miriam Colleges Foundation Philippines
Former Chair, United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Rosario `Nena' Manalo
Organizational affiliations:
Chair, Commitee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Lectures at Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University and Miriam College

Rosanita `Annie' Serrano
Organizational affiliations:
Formerly with UN-Asia Pacific Gender Program
Former Deputy Director, National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women

Atty. Eleanor Conda

Organizational affiliations:
Board Member, Women's Legal Bureau, Inc.
Women's Features Service Resource Pool
In.ternational Women's Rights Watch

Atty. Myrna Feliciano
Organizational affiliations:
Consultant trainer onMandatory Continuing Legal Education with the Supreme Court Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Milabel Amar
Organizational affiliation:
Asian Center for Human Rights

Atty. Evelyn `Leo' Battad
Organizational affiliation:
University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations

Rina Jimenez-David
Organizational affiliations:
President, PILIPINA
Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Josefa `Gigi' Francisco
Organizational affiliations:
Regional Coordinator, SEAWatch
Southeast Asia Resource Pool, Development Alternatives for Women in the New Era
International Women's Rights Watch
Women and Gender Institute

Atty. Rowena `Bing' Guanzon
Organizational affiliations:
Gender Justice Award
Gender Watch Coalition
Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Lucita `Lucy' Lazo
Organizational affiliations:
Consultant, Canadian International Development Agency and National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women
Former Regional Director, United Nations Fund for Women

Luz Lopez-Rodriguez
Organizational affiliation: United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Southeast Asia CEDAW Project-Philippines

Carolyn `Carol' Sobritchea
Organizational affiliation:
University Center for Women's Studies

Olive Tripon
Organizational affiliation:
Women's Feature Service

Emmeline Verzosa
Organizational affiliations:
Executive Director, National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women
University Center for Women''s Studies

Elizabeth Yang
Organizational affiliations:
Abanse! Pinay

Teresita Quintos-Deles
Organizational affiliations:

Atty. Raissa H. Jajurie
Organizational affiliations:
Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN)
Alternative Legal Assistance Center, Inc. (ALAC)

Dina Baltazar
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Southeast Asia CEDAW Project-Philippines

Melanie Reyes
Miriam College- Women and Gender Institute

Maria Carolina Rodriguez Bello
Website Content Coordinator

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