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Amarsanaa Darisuren Email

Amarsanaa Darisuren is a researcher and a founder of the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD), Mongolia. She has been working with UNIFEM as a Human Rights Specialist or CEDAW Southeast Asia Programme (SEAP). Prior to joining UNIFEM, she was a Programme Officer for Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD), Thailand. She has more than 10 years of extensive experience on gender and women’s human rights, both at the national and regional level.

Countries of work: Mongolia, Southeast Asia
Working languages: English

Aurora Javate-De Dios Email

Dr. Aurora Javate-De Dios is a former CEDAW Committee member and expert from 1995-1998. She was Rapporteur from 1996-1998. As Expert, she reviewed over 60 national reports on women and provided technical advice on the national compliance with the Convention. As Rapporteur she prepared the Committee’s Report after every session for submission to and international dissemination of the UN Division for Advancement of Women. She has contributed to CEDAW as a trainer nationally and internationally. She is currently the Executive Director of Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) of Miriam College, the Philippines, the Gender Advisor of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), and the President of Board of Trustees of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia-Pacific (CATWAP).

Countries of work: Philippines; Southeast Asia; Global
Working languages: English

Christine Mary Forster Email

Christine Mary Forster is Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty at University of New South Wales, Australia and at the ILS Law College in Pune, India where she teaches Feminist Legal Theory. Her major research focus is on CEDAW and women’s human rights. She has undertaken consultancies on women’s human rights and CEDAW legislative compliance for the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, UNIFEM Pacific and the UNDP Pacific Centre. She authored and co-authored with Vedna Rajni Jivan a number of publications on the topic including ‘Gender Equality Laws: Global Good Practice and a Review of Five Southeast Asian Countries’ (2009) and ‘Translating CEDAW into Law: CEDAW Legislative Compliance in Nine Pacific Island Countries’ (2007) in collaboration with UNDP and UNIFEM, which has initiated law reform projects in the region.

Countries of work: Australia; Asia Pacific
Working languages: English

Deepika Udagama Email

Deepika Udagama is a human rights educator. She was appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human in Rights in 2008. Having been elected by the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (1998-2001), she has previously served as the UN Co-Special Rapporteur on the theme “Globalisation and its Impact on Human Rights”. She founded the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the University of Colombo and served as its Director for six years from its inception. She is also a former member of the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. She serves on the governing bodies of several organisations including the CMI Rights Movement of Sri Lanka and the International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Countries of work: Sri Lanka; South Asia
Working languages: English

Eleanor Conda Email

Eleanor Conda is a feminist lawyer and a human rights advocate. She was deeply involved in the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, the 2000 Beijing +5 Review, some sessions of the UN Commission on Women, and the UN Open-ended Working Group that negotiated the Optional Protocol to the CEDAW (1996-1999) as the NGO member on the Philippine Government delegation. She co-founded and was the first Executive Director of the Philippine-based Women’s Legal Bureau, Inc., known for its pioneering work in feminist lawyering. She was the former co-director of the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice and the former director of the Asian Centre for Women’s Human Rights (ASCENT) based in Manila. She has also served as the sub-regional coordinator of the International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific working on CEDAW.

Countries of work: Southeast Asia, Global
Working languages: English

Dr. Ferdous Ara Begum Email

Ferdous Ara Begum is a CEDAW Committee Member. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors, Grameen Bank, 2002-2007, and served UNFPA as an Expert Consultant on Gender issues in 2005-2006. She worked for the Bangladeshi Government from 1977 until 2005 and held office of Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Establishment and a number of other senior positions. As a Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, she engaged in a wide range of tasks such as oversight and monitoring of the implementation of CEDAW, CRC and BPfA, developing curriculum, tools and training programmes on gender governance, media and justice system as well as formulation and implementation of gender-related policies and gender mainstreaming of other ministries and departments and NGOs. Her professional and publication work have been dedicated to women’s empowerment in relation to microcredit, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, migration issues amongst others.

Countries of work: South Asia; Global
Working languages: English

M.P. Geeta Devi Email

M.P. Geeta Devi is a women’s rights activist lawyer and a core group member in the Asia Pacific project on ‘Monitoring the fulfilment of State Obligation on CEDAW’; member of National Alliance of Women (NAWO), New Delhi; resource person of IWRAW-AP. She has actively contributed to information dissemination on CEDAW, law, ethics and HIV as well as been involved in a number of regional trainings of lawyers and consultation workshops of NGOs and grassroots workers on CEDAW, organised by NAWO and IWRAW. Since 1993, she has been practicing law as an advocate in Karnataka, taking up cases in the High Court and Family Court on behalf of distressed women. She has also been engaged not only in implementing the guidelines of the Supreme Court on Sexual Harassment at work place in Karnakata but also various activities and campaigns with the NGOs in Bangalore concerning women’s right.

Countries of work: India, Asia Pacific
Working languages: English

Heisoo Shin Email

Heisoo Shin served as a member of the UN CEDAW Committee from 2001-2008 and as Vice-Chair of the Committee for 2003-2004. She was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the UN Secretary General’s In-depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women. She was the Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission, the Republic of Korea for 2005-2008. She has been working for more than thirty years to protect and promote women’s human rights home and abroad, especially in the area of violence against women. As President of Women’s Hot Line, she has successfully led the movement for legislation on violence against women, which resulted in new laws on sexual violence (1993), domestic violence (1997), and trafficking and prostitution (2004). She is currently representative of the National Movement for Eradication of Sex Trafficking, which she established in June 2009, and is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Woman’s University. In April 2010, she was elected member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for a four-year terms beginning 1st January 2011.

Countries of work: Republic of Korea; Global
Working languages: English

Indira Jaising Email

Indira Jaising is the first CEDAW Committee Member and the first women to reach the post of Additional Solicitor General of India. She is currently the Director of the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (LCWRI), an organisation of lawyers and law students. Starting practice as a lawyer in the early sixties, she became the first woman to be designated as a Senior Advocate by High Court of Bombay in 1986. Right from the beginning of her legal career, she has focused on protection of human rights of women and those of the poor working class. She has argued several cases relating to discrimination against women. She was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies London and has been a visiting Scholar at the Columbia University New York.

Countries of work: India; South Asia; Global
Working languages: English

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