27 February 2017 GENEVA — Ambassador Rosario G. Manalo was elected by acclamation on February 13 as the Rapporteur of the 23-member Committee of Experts of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the UN Headquarters, the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Ambassador Manalo is the only Filipino so far to have been elected to the two most prestigious positions in said Committee of Experts: as its Chairperson for two years (2005 and 2006), and currently as its Rapporteur for 2017 and 2018.
Ambassador Manalo was elected to the Committee in the UN in New York in July 2016. She had completed her second term in the Committee in 2006.
In the interim ten-year period, Ambassador Manalo chaired the negotiations on the ASEAN Charter and became the first Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) from January 2010 to January 2016.
Ambassador Manalo is the Dean of the Helena Z. Benitez School of Diplomacy, Philippine Women’s University and is concurrently the Director of the Philippine Women’s University Center for Gender Equality and People Empowerment. END