2017 Recipients

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women is proud to announce Dr. Mabel Bianco, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the 2017 Woman of Distinction Awardee. Dr. Bianco will be the keynote speaker for our Reception on March 14th, 2017 and Consultation Day on March 12th, 2017.rkl7xhfrql_930x525

Dr. Mabel Bianco is a crusader for women’s rights in Latin America and the world. She has implemented policies to save women’s lives, particularly regarding breast cancer, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive rights. Her work has built a stronger feminist movement in Latin America. Bianco’s work is cross-sectional, spanning medicine, public health, policy formation, feminist network building, and UN gender reform. NGO CSW/NY is proud to name Dr. Mabel Bianco as our Woman of Distinction for CSW61.

Dr. Mabel Bianco, M.D., is a strategic leader for women’s health and advocacy in the Global South. She has over 45 years of active engagement in advancing public health, social medicine, medical statistics, and epidemiology. Dr. Bianco was born and currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed her graduate work at the University of el Valle, Cali, Colombia, with a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 1968. Bianco has published multiple books, academic articles, and other works proven to be fundamental groundworks in the women’s health community. She is the current president and founder of the Foundation for Studies and Research on Women (FEIM), which holds UN ECOSOC accreditation status since 1989. Her experience in civil society, academic leadership, and government service made her a key resource for women’s public health and development issues in her home country.

Bianco’s involvement with the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and UNICEF, from 1986 to 1989, were pivotal benchmarks in her career. After a political shift of power in Argentina, her work focused on women’s sexual and reproductive health. Her role in representing FEIM has been comprehensive through the 1990s. Dr. Bianco accompanied women’s rights activists and HIV/AIDS advocates at the International AIDS Conference in establishing the International AIDS Women’s Caucus. Her fight for HIV/AIDS justice continued in 1997 when FEIM and seven NGOs, under her lead, banded together to take legal action against the Ministry of Health of Argentina. The court ruled in favor of Antiretroviral Therapy for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Through the 2000s, Bianco held a position on the Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights for UNAIDS. She was a profound leader for strengthening the capacity and autonomy of governments, civil society, and the private-sector to protect and encourage advocacy for human rights and HIV/AIDS. Her concurrent leadership lead her to the Civil Society Task Force to Advise the President of the UN General Assembly and UNAIDS.

Bianco coordinated advocacy projects and continued her work with human rights, women’s health, sexual, and reproductive health until becoming the Co-Chair of NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most recently, Bianco contributed to a report prepared by CoNGO CSW LAC containing proposals and articulations reviewing the Regional Conference on Women in Chile. This report was was included in last year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60).