Ms Bachelet spoke about the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment to peace and security, democracy and improved living standards in larger freedom (achieving the vision and goals of the UN), focusing on the need for women’s equal rights, equal opportunity and equal participation, including in decision-making – and in particular, how UN Women is pushing this agenda forward globally. She will also highlighted the importance of listening to women’s voices on choices regarding women’s health and reproductive rights.



Michelle Bachelet  Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Ms. Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, which was established on 2 July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly. UN Women works with the entire UN system, governments, civil society and the private sector to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality worldwide.
Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010. A long-time champion of women’s rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout her career.
One of her major successes as President was her decision to save billions of dollars in revenues to spend on issues such as pension reform, social protection programmes for women and children, and research and development, despite the financial crisis. Other initiatives included tripling the number of free early child-care centres for low-income families and the completion of some 3,500 child-care centres around the country.
She also held ministerial portfolios in the Chilean Government as Minister of Defence and Minister of Health. As Defence Minister, Ms. Bachelet introduced gender policies intended to improve the conditions of women in the military and police forces. As Minister of Health, she implemented health care reform, improving attention to primary care facilities with the aim of ensuring better and faster health care response for families.


Michelle Bachelet: The Role of Women’s Health in Economic Development | Posted on October 3rd, 2012 | Public Programs