Teresita Quintos Deles
Teresita, known as “Ging”, was the first woman to be appointed as the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process in the Philippines in 2003, and was later reappointed by President Benigno Aquino, Jr. in 2010, when the Philippines became the first country in Asia-Pacific to adopt a National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 for Women, Peace and Security.
Sec. Ging has been one of the most respected NGO leaders in the Philippines, and was a co-founder of the Coalition for Peace, which was the Philippines’ first citizen’s peace formation to emerge after the 1986 People Power uprising.
She helped found PILIPINA – recognized as the first women’s organization in the Philippines to espouse an explicitly “homegrown feminist” line. She has been an active women’s rights advocate placing the priorities of women from the Philippines and Asia in various international forums, having served as an expert-member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (UNCEDAW), and subsequently serving as Committee Rapporteur.
Sec. Ging has represented civil society in key governance partnerships, including the Social Reform Council of the Ramos Administration that lay the groundwork for landmark reform policy such as the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act and Anti-Rape Law, among others. Her range of notable achievements, whether in civil society or a government role, are demonstrative of her true commitment to peace.