Professor Virginia Dandan

UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity
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Professor Dandan served as an independent expert on the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) from 1990 to 2010.  

In this role Virginia was responsible for monitoring state performance on economic, social and cultural rights, and engaging in dialogues with senior state officials, NGOs and independent experts.   During this period the Committee adopted General Comments elaborating understanding of the nature of state obligations to these rights and their normative content.  She has an enduring commitment to human rights education as a tool for social transformation and has conducted extensive research on issues concerning the right to take part in cultural life Virginia has also served as National Program Manager for the Human Rights Community Development Project, a bilateral program between the Philippine Commission on Human Rights and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission that works with grassroots Indigenous communities in the Philippines.  In addition to her academic and practical human rights work, Virginia is also an accomplished artist having delivered solo exhibits of her paintings and sculptures both in the Philippines and abroad. She was the former Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines.