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Michelle Bachelet steps down as head of UN WOMEN

Michelle Bachelet steps down as head of UN WOMEN

March 19, 2013

Michelle Bachelet, also a Club de Madrid Member, had informed Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, of her intention to step down as head of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality.

The Club de Madrid thanks President Bachelet her energy and dedication addressing one of the most important challenges that societies around the globe are facing: real and effective equality between men and women.

The Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-moon expressed his “tremendous gratitude for her outstanding service” as the Executive Director of UN Women, an entity created in 2010 to oversee the Organization's programmes aimed at promoting women's rights and full participation in global affairs. “Michelle Bachelet was the right person in the right job at the right time,” Mr. Ban said in a statement. “Her visionary leadership gave UN Women the dynamic start it needed. Her fearlessness in advocating for women's rights raised the global profile of this key issue. Her drive and compassion enabled her to mobilize and make a difference for millions of people across the world.” Mr. Ban said Ms. Bachelet's achievements include new steps to protect women and girls from violence, new advances on health, and a new understanding that women's empowerment must be at the core of what the United Nations does.

You can read here the first interview she gave to a british newspaper in April 2011. In that interview she talked about the priorities in her agenda as head of UN WOMEN like women's economic social and political empowerment and having more women in peace and securicuty processes.

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