On behalf of the people of the United States, I want to congratulate former President Michelle Bachelet of Chile on her appointment to head the newly formed United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – UN Women. I have been privileged to work alongside President Bachelet on a variety of important issues, especially advancing opportunities for women.
As long as I have known President Bachelet, the needs of women and marginalized populations have topped her list of priorities. She has broken barriers for women in Chile and throughout the region, and I am inspired by her passion, her expertise, and her courage to speak out on difficult issues. These are the indispensible qualities that make her an excellent choice to lead UN Women.
With President Bachelet at the helm, UN Women will be a powerful force in our shared work to elevate the status of women and girls. It will strengthen the UN’s work on women and girls, mainstream gender equality throughout the UN system, and ensure that these issues enjoy their rightful status.
As a longtime champion for the rights of women and girls and a proven political leader, President Bachelet is the ideal person to launch this important new agency that will help millions of people around the world improve their lives.