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Santiago pioneered in advancing the status of women. For 25 years, she worked to create awareness among women of their rights and innate capacities in and out of the Philippines. Among her works include:

  • Her 1973 work among the Muslim women in Mindanao by helping them set up autonomous groups for livelihood, childcare, literacy and health programs.

  • The organization of the largest international conference on women in history, the NGO Forum on Women, which ran parallel to the 1995 United Nations World Conference on Women in China, which was attended by 30,000 participants.

  • The co-founding of NGOs such as, PILIPINA, Center for Asia/Pacific Women in Politics, Kahayag Foundation, Batas (Center for Alternative Law), PILIPINA Legal Resources Center, International Women’s Development Agency and the International Baby Food Action Network.

  • Her help in drafting the Code of Breastmilk substitutes which protects women mothers from the harmful practices of the infant formula industry.

  • Her advocacy work for women farmers to be included in large agricultural investment projects.

    Elected Vice Mayor of Davao City

    She was Chief of the Asia/Pacific Section of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) where she negotiated with governments to mainstream gender in national development planning; she also developed innovative programs to bring voices of grassroots women to policy makers..

    One of the Founders of Philippine Jaycees

  • Director of Konsumo Dabaw which promotes and protects the rights of consumers through education and advocacy.


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