A socio-political activist and feminist, ANA MARIA R. NEMENZO is a pioneer advocate for women’s reproductive rights in the country.
Ms. Nemenzo became the first Vice-Chairperson for the Basic Sector of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in 1999 soon after the NAPC effectively came into existence through legislation, having been elected first as the Commissioner for the Women Sector.
She is the immediate past President of the Freedom from Debt Coalition, a multisectoral nationwide advocacy and campaign network working for economic justice, development and people’s empowerment, a position she held for six years until December 2007. For two years until March 2008, Ms. Nemenzo was also the International Convenor of the NGO Forum on ADB, which monitors and critiques ADB policies and operations in the region.
Currently, she is a Member of the Citizens Debt Audit Commission which is a parallel process to a proposed Congressional Commission to audit public sector debts and contingent liabilities towards crafting more responsible, accountable and effective guidelines to govern the country’s future borrowings. At the same time, she is a founder and National Coordinator of WomanHealth Philippines which promotes women’s rights to reproductive self-determination, health and development. As WomanHealth, she also sits in the Health Partners Group of the Department of Health and in the Coordinating Committee of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)- Philippines.
She continues to monitor the implementation of international agreements on gender equality and women’s empowerment, reproductive health and rights, and social development through her involvement in bodies such as the Multi-Sectoral Committee on International Human Development Commitments of the National Economic Development Authority.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines