MANILA -- Patricia Licuanan has worn several hats in her career. In 1995, she chaired negotiations on the Beijing declaration, the U.N.'s blueprint for women's rights and empowerment. At home in the Philippines, she led one of the country's top women's universities, the Philippine Commission on Women, as well as the country's Commission on Higher Education.
Now retired from government service, she has taken on a new role as a campaign organizer. Along with more than 100 former and current PCW officials, Licuanan endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo, the country's de facto opposition leader and the only woman running for president in the May 9 election.