• Michelle Bachelet

    US Congress Starts Slicing Away at 2018 National Budget, Sure to Hurt UN

    by  • July 24, 2017 • Geopolitics, Secretary-General, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The first round in the battle to write a federal budget, working off the Trump administration’s ruthless proposals announced in May, has ended in the House of Representatives appropriations committee. As feared by advocates for women, the poor, refugees, global health programs and even foreign language study, the Republican-led appropriations committee, which sets budget...

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    A New Plan to Recruit Candidates for UN Secretary-General Emerges

    by  • March 3, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women • 2 Comments

    For the first time in United Nations history, officially announced candidates for the secretary-general race, underway this year, will be interviewed publicly in the General Assembly along the lines of a standard democratic election. Mogens Lykketoft, the Assembly president and a Dane, is pushing the “unprecedented transparent process,” as he put it, in selecting...

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    Has Russia Dashed All Hopes for a Female Secretary-General?

    by  • April 30, 2015 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, Women • 1 Comment

    Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN

    Has Russia put the kibosh on the chances that the next secretary-general of the United Nations will be a woman? As Vitaly Churkin walked ramrod-straight in his dark suit to a working-group discussion at the UN on the process of selecting the next secretary-general, he acted as if he owned the place. Some might...

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    Eastern Europe Presses Its Claim to the Secretary-General’s Office  

    by  • April 13, 2015 • Secretary-General, Security Council, Unesco, US-UN Relations, Women • 1 Comment

    In 70 years of United Nations history, Eastern Europe has been the only regional group in the organization that has never filled the position of secretary-general. Western Europe has had three secretaries-general; Asia and Africa, two each; and Latin America and the Caribbean, one. The 23 nations of the Eastern European region, determined to...

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    Major New Staff Appointments at the UN and Departures

    by  • June 16, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has appointed at least a dozen new people to high-level positions — including five women — primarily in Africa in the last few months, while the organization also loses some executives. Three new force commanders have been named for various peacekeeping missions as well. At Unicef, Anthony Lake,...

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    Signs of Transformation From the ‘Pink Ghetto of Gender’

    by  • October 31, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, International Justice, Peace and Security, Women • 

    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...

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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 • 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...

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

    by  • June 29, 2013 • Africa, Secretary-General, Women • 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...

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    Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Chief, Resigns

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

    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...

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

    by  • March 7, 2013 • Development, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women

    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,...

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    Chilean Voters Want Michelle Bachelet Back Home

    by  • December 5, 2012 • Women • 5 Comments

    Michelle Bachelet, the UN Women chief, in Jaipur, India, on Oct. 4, 2012

    A series of opinion polls in recent months in Chile show that Michelle Bachelet, the executive director of UN Women, is still the most popular Chilean politician three years after her four-year term as the country’s president ended. Reports from Chile say that across the political spectrum, party officials are assuming she will be...

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    A Place for Women at the Table

    by  • November 28, 2012 • Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 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 1325was approved, post-conflict reconstruction had been mostly the realm of those possessing the Y chromosome in the...

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    Misogyny Resurfaces, Everywhere

    by  • June 4, 2012 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 1 Comment

    women solar engineers

    As the first United Nations agency for women struggles for more sweeping support from governments, and advocates raise alarms that another international conference on women would be more dangerous than helpful to the cause, women in the United States also find themselves defending their rights as politics erode gains that have been made in...

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