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2021 Fellow

Executive Director | Development Action for Women Network (DAWN)


Carmelita Gopez Nuqui, is one of the founding members and Executive Director of the Development Action for Women Network (DAWN) since 1996. DAWN is a non-government development organization assisting Filipino women migrant workers in Japan, the returnees and their Japanese-Filipino children in the promotion and protection of their human rights and welfare. In 2011, DAWN expanded its work to include assisting Filipino domestic worker returnees from the different countries, (Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle East, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar). In April 2015, DAWN was granted Special Consultative Status by the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council. DAWN was granted a Consultative Relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on March 8, 2018. DAWN celebrated its 25th Anniversary on February 13, 2021 with the theme “DAWN@25: Continuing Partnership & Support for Women and Children Towards a Better Normal. “In 2006, Ms. Nuqui was invited to join the Vital Voices Global Partnership’s Global Advisory Council representing the Philippines during its strategic planning meeting in New York. Ms. Nuqui was featured in the book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World by Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson in 2012.She serves as President of the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW), a registered civil society organization where DAWN is an active member. Together with its 14 other member organizations, PMRW encourages the recognition, protection and fulfillment of Filipino migrants’ rights – both in the Philippines and abroad during the entire migration process.