Gladys Acosta Vargas
Gladys Acosta Vargas has collaborated with UNRISD on the Think Piece Series "Let's Talk about Women's Rights: 20 Years after the Beijing Platform for Action". She wrote a think piece with the title "The CEDAW Committee 20 Years after Beijing: Progress in the Defence of Women’s Rights and Pending Challenges".
At the time of this collaboration, Gladys Acosta Vargas was a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (2015-2018). In the course of her career, she has been Chief of the Latin America and Caribbean Section at UN Women (2008–2011), UNICEF Resident Representative in Argentina (2006–2008), UNICEF Resident Representative in Guatemala (2002–2006), and Regional Advisor on Women and Gender Equity in the UNICEF Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office (1999–2002). She has worked as an international consultant for, among others,UNIFEM, UNICEF or IIDH, and she conducted research evaluating state-NGO relations during Beijing 1995 on Colombia's Process of Contradictory Empowerment. She holds a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a Master's Degree in sociology from the Human Sciences of Rene Descartes Academy of Paris, Sorbonne, France.