• Michelle Bachelet

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

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

    António Guterres, ex-head of the UN refugee agency and Portuguese, has opened the way for candidates outside Eastern Europe to run for secretary-general. UNHCR

    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

    Vladimir Putin

    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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    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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