Patricia B. Licuanan
Patricia B. Licuanan, a Filipino psychologist and educator, is the current chairman of the Commission on Higher Education. She was president of Miriam College for 13 years. Prior to that, she served as professor and chair of the Psychology Department, and later academic vice president, at Ateneo de Manila University. She actively participates in research, training and advocacy work in applied social psychology, education and educational reform, human resource development and gender issues in the Philippines.
Licuanan was a professor and chairman of the Department of Psychology and academic vice-president of the Ateneo de Manila University. During her academic tenure, she championed gender equality and instituted sensitivity training regarding the sexual harassment of women. She is a recognized leader in advocating for gender equality in the Asia Pacific region.
She has played a leadership role in many organizations, including:
- United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women, the preparatory commission for the UN Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. At the conference, she chaired the main committee responsible for drafting the Beijing Platform for Action, a document which became the focal point and benchmark for the advancement of women's rights and quality of life.
- National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, where under her leadership, the Philippines launched the Philippine Development Plan for Women.
- Southeast Asia Women's Watch (SEAWWatch) and Asia Pacific Women's Watch'" (APWW), networks dedicated to advocating and monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.
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