Maria Virginia Bras Gomes
Nationality Portugal
Committee Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Date First Elected 01/01/2003
Date Term Expires 12/31/2010
Position on Committee Committee member
Professional Background Main professional activities: coordination of and/or participation in:
The preparation of reports on the implementation of international instruments (European Union (EU), Council of Europe, United Nations
Interdepartmental and multidisciplinary groups on several aspects of social security and social action
Participation as national expert in conferences, seminars and meetings
Ministerial appointments to carry out special missions
Oral presentations and written papers on themes related to social policies and practices

Supervision and training activities:
Bachelor of Arts (English Special)/Bombay University, recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Education
Seventh year of the Course, Diplôme d’Etudes Françaises (eight years), University of Toulouse
Four-month training in the field of social services, part of which at University of Western Michigan
At the request of PROFISS, a national qualification system that provides initial training for university graduates seeking jobs in the field of solidarity and social security (1999/2000):
- 7 hours training modules on cooperation with African Portuguese speaking countries, negotiation and partnership in the field of international cooperation and policies for Social Groups;
- definition of the syllabus and supervision of the Course on Social Action (September 1999 to January 2000)
Lectures on several aspects of social action, social security and international cooperation at:
- Catholic University
- Higher Institute of Social Services
- training Program for volunteers for the telephone help line for children victims of abuse
- training program for public relations managers and staff of the local social security services
Coordination and supervision of trainees:
- 2 engineers working in the area of social services in Macau, during 2 months (1990/1991)
- supervision of the final assignment and report of a student of Social Policy at the University of Social and Political Science, during the academic year of 1996
- supervision of the final assignment and report of a university student of Social Security Management (November 1996 to February 1997)
- supervision of the final assignment and report of a university student of the Secretariat and Public Relations (January to April 1998)

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:
Member of the delegations to the session for the consideration of the reports submitted by Portugal on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Participant in the preparatory process and in the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly, as negotiator, on behalf of EU, in respect of further initiatives on poverty eradication, full employment, social integration, health and education, equality between men and women, and international, and regional and subregional cooperation for social development
Oral presentations and papers on social and multicultural issues
Educational Background
Current occupation Head of the Department for Social Research and International Relations of the Directorate General of Solidarity and Social Security of the Ministry of Labour and Solidarity, in charge of activity planning and evaluation and staff monitoring and supervision in the fields of social research and analysis, and international cooperation.
LanguageEnglish, Portuguese (Português)
Working LanguageEnglish
Date and place of birth10 March 1951, Goa, India