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“A world in balance requires gender equality, says @UN_Women” #genderequality #rioplus20 #hwhtw

A world in balance requires gender equality, says UN Women

Michelle Bachelet outlines policy actions needed at Rio+20 Conference to bring transformational change.

United Nations, New York, 14 June 2012 — Ahead of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development next week in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has called upon world leaders for bold action and strong commitments to advance women’s equal rights, opportunity and participation. The Conference, also known as Rio+20, will bring together heads of state and government, and representatives of civil society and the private sector to build a road map for a sustainable future, aiming to reduce poverty and advance equality and environmental protection.

Read the full statement: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/06/a-world-in-balance-requires-gender-equality-says-un-women/

June 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

“Michelle Bachelet Has a Mission” @gaylelemmon

gayle lemmon photoNew from Gayle Lemmon: her “first piece for Newsweek as a contributing editor at large writing stories about economics and development with a focus on women.”

Michelle Bachelet Has a Mission
The U.N. tapped Chile’s former president to help women. Will politicians let her succeed?

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

September 12, 2011 1:0 AM EDT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called July 2, 2010, a “watershed day.” That was when the General Assembly approved the creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women—known simply as U.N. Women. Intended to give (in Ban’s words) “a much stronger voice for women and for gender equality” around the world, the organization replaced four underfunded and obscure bureaucracies devoted to women with a single entity that would finally give half the world’s population the high-profile platform it deserved.

Leading the new organization and charged with boosting its profile would be one of the world’s most powerful and inspiring women, Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile. Bachelet’s accomplishments are rooted in the traumatic experiences of her early adulthood. When Chile’s government was overthrown in a coup led by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, Bachelet’s father (an Air Force general who backed the deposed Salvador Allende) was arrested and tortured in prison. He came home briefly under house arrest before being thrown back in detention, where he died of a heart attack under suspicious circumstances in 1974 at the age of 51.

In January 1975, state security forces arrested Bachelet herself, then a 23-year-old medical student, and her mother, taped their eyes shut, and jailed them in Villa Grimaldi, a mansion turned into a house of terror where prisoners were routinely beaten, shocked with electricity, raped, and killed. Despite the ordeal, Bachelet refused to break, reportedly singing with other prisoners to keep sane and helping to treat women raped by the guards. Bachelet has never spoken in detail about the period, other than acknowledging that she was beaten, noting instead that she was one of the “lucky ones” who survived before being sent into exile in Australia following the intervention of family members.

Read the full article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/11/michelle-bachelet-has-a-mission-to-help-the-world-s-women.html

September 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

UN Women Assistant Secretaries-General Appointed

“UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet is pleased to announce that today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of Ms. Lakshmi Puri of India as Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships and Mr. John Hendra of Canada as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy and Programme at UN Women. They will also serve as the two Deputies to the Executive Director.”

Read more: http://www.unwomen.org/2011/03/un-women-assistant-secretaries-general-appointed/

March 16, 2011 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Best of International Women’s Day!

International Women's Day

The 100th annual International Women’s Day on March 8th brought lots of exciting events, news, and announcements for women.  Some highlights:

A HuffPost article on women and microfinance from Kiva President Premal Shah: “Kiva.org and the Ripple Effects of Helping Women”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/premal-shah/kivaorg-and-the-ripple-ef_b_833127.html?utm_source=jg&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=jg%5FCelebrating+Women+on+the+new+Kiva%2Eorg+%28259488506%29&utm_content=allisonasplin%40hotmail%2Ecom

New UN Women Quiz on Ending Violence against Women: “Every point you score counts towards [UNiTE’s] global action counter and builds momentum. The quiz will also be available in French and Spanish soon!” http://www.saynotoviolence.org/quiz

International Women of Courage Awards: The U.S. State Department honored 10 “women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.”  http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/157899.htm

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Commemorates International Women’s Day in Liberia: Executive Director Bachelet “engaged with women demonstrating leadership in rebuilding the country from the conflict that dominated its recent history” http://www.unwomen.org/2011/03/un-women-executive-director-michelle-bachelet-commemorates-international-womens-day-in-liberia/

Read more about International Women’s Day: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

March 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

“Ethiopia: Regaining Hope for Life”

From UN Women:

Ethiopia: Regaining Hope for Life

Posted on February 1 2011  | News

Director Maria Munir Yusuf (far left) leads Ms. Bachelet (right) on a tour of her gender-based violence centre for poor women in Addis Ababa. Director Maria Munir Yusuf (far left) leads Ms. Bachelet (right) on a tour of her gender-based violence centre for poor women in Addis Ababa. (Photo: UN Women)

Through the tall gate, unremarkable from the street, is a place of refuge. Flowers spill along the paths that link a series of modest one-story buildings. The air is full of the sounds of laughter, music and dance, as today is a celebration of women’s survival and strength.

Read more: http://www.unwomen.org/2011/02/ethiopia-regaining-hope-for-life/

February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment


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