Press Release
November 25, 2012


MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Some of the world's top female anti-corruption leaders will be coming to Manila to participate in the 5th Global Conference of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) from 30 January to 2 February 2013. They will be joining the best minds and renowned practitioners in the fields of governance, banking, development and justice to tackle one of the greatest impediments to sustainable development and social justice--corruption.

Among them are Hon. Conchita Carpio-Morales, current Ombudsman of the Philippines; Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, the newly-appointed UN assistant secretary-general who served as the first woman governor of the State Bank of Pakistan; Hon. Marvi Memon, an elected representative of the Pakistan Muslim League; Dr. Elaine Storkey, a well-known feminist evangelical, philosopher, and broadcaster; Dr. Huguette Labelle, current Chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International; and Hon. Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia.

Each will speak during the conference and touch on such issues as the gendered dimensions of corruption, how it impacts and manifests differently in men and women, and the role women have to play in combating corruption from the local to the institutional level.

500 delegates from 6 continents - half of whom will be women - are also expected to arrive. The event, hosted by the Senate of the Philippines together with GOPAC and SEAPAC is considered one of the most important anti-corruption events in the world. This is the first time said event will be held in Asia.

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