• Michelle Bachelet

    Putting Women and Girls at the Center of the Future Development Goals

    by  • March 24, 2014 • Women's Issues • 

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, chief of UN Women

    What happened at the annual United Nations women’s conference this year? Over 10 days of both mercifully brief and far-too-long speeches by policy people, government ministers, UN staff members and a wide array of other experts, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended on a hush. It was as if everyone [...]

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    Signs of Transformation From the ‘Pink Ghetto of Gender’

    by  • October 31, 2013 • International Justice, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 

    Chad mother daughter

    One question about women’s rights that may never go away is how to ensure that women are represented fairly in large organizations, like the United Nations. For now, work on “gender mainstreaming” may suffice by concentrating on small steps as opposed to devising wholesale solutions. As one expert has described the process, it is an [...]

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    For Many Latin American Women, Abuse Never Lets Up

    by  • August 19, 2013 • Health and Population, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    Bolivian Women in Oruro

    Latin American and Caribbean nations have pulled ahead of most other developing regions on numerous measures of economic growth and human progress in recent years. The region has one of the world’s lowest poverty levels; hunger has been reduced to under 5 percent of the regional population; primary school enrollment rivals that of rich nations; [...]

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    It’s Down to Latin America v. Africa to Lead UN Women

    by  • June 29, 2013 • Africa, Secretary-General, Women's Issues • 4 Comments

    Alcinda Abreu, environment minister of Mozambique

    After several months of public speculation at the United Nations, two candidates are now in tight contention for the executive director post of UN Women, the main agency tasked with promoting the treatment and rights of women worldwide since it began operating in January 2011. Rebeca Grynspan, 57, is one contender. Since 2010, she has [...]

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    Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Chief, Resigns

    by  • March 16, 2013 • GOINGS-ON, Women's Issues • 3 Comments

    Michelle Bachelet, the UN Women chief, has resigned. She is returning to Chile, her home country, to most likely run for president.

    Michelle Bachelet, the head of the United Nations agency promoting the rights of women and gender equality, has told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she is stepping down after two years in the job. Bachelet, a former Chilean president, is likely to run for president of her country again in elections this fall. She made the announcement about [...]

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    The Recipe for a Better World? Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

    by  • March 7, 2013 • Development, Human Rights, Women's Issues

    57th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN

    Thousands of women worldwide flock to the Commission on the Status of Women’s conference at the United Nations every March, and this year is no exception, for good reason: the theme is eliminating and preventing all violence against women and girls. Violence is a phenomenon that all females can relate to day after day, however [...]

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    A Place for Women at the Table

    by  • November 28, 2012 • Peace and Security, Security Council, Women's Issues • 3 Comments

    Vandana Devi and Gulabi Bahadur, two elected women representatives from Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh listen to UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet speak during the National Leadership Summit in Jaipur, India on 4 October 2012.

      A dozen years have passed since the United Nations Security Council made history by adopting a resolution that addressed women’s rights during conflicts and required their participation in preventing wars and in peace talks. Until Resolution 1325 was approved, post-conflict reconstruction had been mostly the realm of those possessing the Y chromosome in the [...]

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