- Vice President Robredo was honored as South East Asia’s “outstanding woman of 2016” by the Thai government
- She was honored for empowering Filipino women and for advocating gender equality
- Robredo said that the awarding ceremony shows that Filipino women are now being recognized in Asia
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni" Robredo was given the “Honorary Outstanding Woman Award of the Year 2016” by the government of Thailand for her efforts in empowering women and her advocacy for gender equality.
Princess Maha Chakri Srinidon represented her mother Queen Sirikit to give the special award to Robredo on Monday, August 1, during the Thai Women’s Day celebration in Nonthaburi Province led by Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, National Council of Women, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Interior.
This marked Robredo’s first trip abroad as the country’s Vice President. Robredo commended the fact that female leaders represented all of the ASEAN countries during the ceremony.
“It’s such an honor, not only to be an awardee, not only that I’m being recognized but I am here with you, seeing everyone here, seeing all the ASEAN countries being represented by women leaders, is enough message to everyone,” Robredo said prior to receiving the award.
The Vice President also spoke about the ceremony’s positive effect on Filipino women.
“This gives us a message that Filipino women are being recognized not only in Thailand but also in the community of ASEAN nations,” she pointed out. The Philippines is ranked 3rd in Asia when it comes to the influence of women in politics.
Before becoming the Vice President of the Philippines, Robredo was first a human rights lawyer and then became a Camarines Sur congresswoman. During her time as a lawyer, Robredo represented battered wives and marginalized people in the country.
She also filed the anti-discrimination bill during the 16th Congress to promote gender equality and the National Food Security Bill to alleviate the hunger problem experienced by many families.
Robredo was elected as the Vice President of the Philippines after narrowly defeating her rival Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos by over 260,000 votes in the recent elections. - Kami Media