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Gettie Sandoval

The Philippines
Maria Cleofe Gettie Sandoval is former Undersecretary for Programs and Head of the National Action Plan of Women, Peace and Security of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Office of the President. Her work included the supervision of the implementation of two final peace agreements with two groups who were former members of the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, as well as the development program for conflict-affected communities to complement the peace negotiations.

She headed the Secretariat of the Steering Committee on the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, chaired its Technical Working Group, and coordinated the implementation of the NAPWPS under the Aquino administration.

She is also former Assistant Secretary for Policy in OPAPP, the Director for Sectoral Policy of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) under the Office of the President, and the Chief of Staff of Abanse! Pinay (Move Forward, Filipino woman), the first women’s party-list in the House of Representatives, Congress of the Philippines.

She spent many years as part of civil society working with a non-government organization involved in alternative lawyering (or public interest law). As a lawyer, she worked for the interests of labor, informal settlers, peasants, and on cross-cutting concerns like gender and governance. She led the organization’s women’s unit, developed, managed and implemented programs on gender, litigated cases mostly involving gender-based violence, and published educational materials on laws affecting women.

She played a major part in the drafting, lobbying and advocacy of several legislations on women, notably the Anti-Sexual Harassment Law (Republic Act 7877), Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (Republic Act 9208), and Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710). She was also the consultant of the Commission on Human Rights in drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Torture Act (Republic Act 9745). She is a resource person and trainer on gender empowerment and human rights, alternative lawyering, laws on women and other sectors, peace process, women and peace, among others.

She also taught Medical Jurisprudence at the Ateneo de Manila School of Medicine and Public Health.

She supports the work of civil society as a member of the board of trustees of several non-government organizations that work on the interests of marginalized sectors.

She earned her Degrees on Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics and Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. 

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