Dr. Socorro L. Reyes is an author, researcher, and women’s rights activist. She is the Regional Governance Adviser of the Center for Legislative Development, focusing on Gender and Public Policy, as well as the Co-convener of the Women’s Peace Collective. Her field of study largely focuses on gender and its relationships with various aspects of government and the state. Some of her research interests are gender and the electoral system; gender and federalism; misogyny in authoritarian regimes; gender and governance reform in transition governments; women’s political participation; and women in the peace process.
At Ppresently, Dr. Reyes is conducting comprehensive research on governance reforms in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and how these affect women’s participation and rights.
She was the Director for Gender and Governance in the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), the Senior Gender Adviser to the Government of Pakistan in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Chief of Asia-Pacific and Arab States in UN WOMEN, New York (previously the United Nations Development Fund for Women or UNIFEM). Following her position as chief, she continued to serve as the Officer in Charge for UN Women, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since then, she has served as the Center for Legislative Development International’s Senior Regional Adviser for Governance.