The Global Fund for Women welcomes and celebrates the announcement of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s appointment as the head of UN Women.
Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will lead the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women –better known as UN Women. UN Women will consolidate the four existing UN bodies on women, increase operational capacity at the country level and gain increased funding for work on women’s empowerment and advancement. The UN currently has four separate entities dedicated to women’s issues which will be combined in this new entity: the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), and the Office of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI).
“On behalf of the board and staff at the Global Fund for Women, we want to congratulate you on your new appointment to head the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The good news quickly spread throughout the women’s rights community, and we are elated that the UN continues to be committed to supporting women and girls around the world,” noted Kavita Ramdas, Senior Advisor and former President and CEO , in a congratulatory letter to Michelle Bachelet.
“Michelle Bachelet is a top notch choice and has long been one of GEAR’s dream candidates. An effective leader of great integrity, Bachelet has demonstrated strong commitment to women’s empowerment and the ability to shape gender equality policies in a variety of areas. She also has the stature to mobilize the resources crucial to make UN Women a success,” stated Charlotte Bunch, GFW Board member and a founding member of the GEAR Campaign, in a news release.
The GEAR campaign is a network of over 300 women’s, human rights and social justice groups around the world that have been working for over four years to gain UN Member States and UN Secretariat approval for creation of a larger more coherent coordinated UN agency that can advance further the UN’s mandate of working for gender equality as a crucial component of development, human rights, humanitarian concerns, peace and security.