Rea Abada  Chiongson

Rea Abada Chiongson

Senior Legal Advisor on Gender at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Rea Abada Chiongson is the Senior Legal Advisor on Gender at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). She leads IDLO’s work on justice for women and spearheads the integration of gender in the organization’s justice and rule of law programming.  Before joining IDLO in 2014, she was a Gender and Justice Advisor at the World Bank for the Justice for the Poor and the Gender, Conflict and Fragility programs. In her earlier years, she worked with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific strengthening global, regional and national capacities on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in at least 30 countries.  From 1996 -2001, she was a staff attorney at the Ateneo Human Rights Center in the Philippines working on legal reform and providing legal aid and empowerment to marginalized segments of society.  At the same time, she was also Deputy Secretary-General of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, where she worked for the establishment of an ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights and the ASEAN Commission on Women and Children.  Among her publications are: Do our laws promote gender equality: a handbook for CEDAW-based legal reviews (2010);  and Justice Sector Delivery of Services in the Context of Fragility and Conflict: What Is Being Done to Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence?, in the World Bank Legal Review, (2015).  Rea also led the development of several IDLO publications including: Women and Customary and Informal Justice Systems (2020); Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19 (2020); Justice for Women (2019); Women Delivering Justice (2018); and Women, Food, Land: Exploring Rule of Law Linkages (2017). Rea earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and her LL.M. from Columbia University.