Global Campaign Secretariat
As of the moment, the campaign secretariat, headed by Ms. Irene M. Santiago, is composed of four experienced campaign organizers. They are:
Ms. Patricia Melizza B. Ruivivar
She serves in the board of the Mothers for Peace Social Enterprise, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes investments in women social enterprises as a way to prevent a relapse into violence and accelerate peace dividends in conflict-affected areas in the Philippines. She is also the Project Director of Kahayag Foundation, Inc., developing a capacity building program for Bangsamoro and indigenous women for meaningful political participation and the mainstreaming of the Philippine National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 among law enforcement agencies and local governments. She has served three Philippine Presidents in various key positions and holds the distinction of being the youngest Chief-of Staff of the Executive Office of the President of the Philippines. She is based in Davao City, Philippines.
Ms. Florinda Russo
She is a human rights advocate and an accomplished program and operations manager with more than 20 years experience in advocacy, constituency development, training and mobilization. She served as the Northeast Regional Deputy Director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) from 1989 to 2010. She also served as a key member of the NGO Forum on Women Beijing ’95 team that spearheaded the conception, funding, and execution of an unprecedented and historic gathering of women in the 20th century. Before joining Amnesty International, she also worked with Oxfam America involved in national grassroots fundraising, educational and advocacy campaigns. She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ms. Manisha Javeri
She is a full professor at the California State University Los Angeles (CSULA), where she pioneered the Human Performance Technology course, an innovative course where students participate in solving real world problems and designing technology-based interventions. She is a World Peace Fellow with a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She has published and presented papers in international conferences on the role of educational technology and peace studies in post-war reconstruction and redevelopment in Africa. She is based in Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Angela Rumilda T. Montojo
She was the administrative and finance officer of the Mindanao Commission on Women, an NGO whose campaigns contributed significantly to the recognition of women’s role in peace negotiations and other peace processes in Mindanao. She also served as the executive director of Kahayag Foundation and supervised programs on violence against women, micro-credit, community-based health. She is based in Davao City, Philippines.