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March 4: Michelle Bachelet
Michelle Bachelet is the Executive Director of UN Women, a United Nations agency that will promote and defend the rights of women around the world. Ms. Bachelet is a former president of Chile; she is a champion of women’s rights who tirelessly works to create equal opportunities.
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Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women
Ms. Michelle Bachelet is the first under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, which was established in July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly. Under Bachelet’s leadership, UN Women will lead, support and coordinate the work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at global, regional and country levels.
Ms. Bachelet served as president of Chile from 2006 to 2010. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is an advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. One of her major successes as president of Chile was her decision to save billions of dollars in revenues and spend on issues such as pension reform, social protection programs for women and children, and research and development, despite the financial crisis. Other initiatives included tripling the number of free early child-care centers for low-income families and the completion of some 3,500 child-care centers around the country.
Ms. Bachelet also was minister of defense and minister of health in Chile. As defense 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.