Statement by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet on the Adoption of the ILO Convention and Recommendations on Decent Work for Domestic Workers
This is a historic moment for domestic workers worldwide. The ILO Convention and Recommendations on Decent Work for Domestic Workers is precedent-setting, as it is the first Convention solely on domestic work and defines domestic work as “work,” making it integral to development. It lays out the human rights standards for domestic workers in the [...]
Message from UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2011. A hundred years ago today, women across the world took an historic step on the long road to equality. The first ever International Women’s Day was called to draw attention to the unacceptable and often dangerous working [...]
Message from Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: We join with the millions of women and men, community groups, women’s rights networks, government partners, parliamentarians, health workers and teachers who have made 25 November — the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women — a day to come together and renew our common commitment to ending the global pandemic of violence against women.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces the appointment of Ms. Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, as the head of UN Women. Ms. Bachelet brings to this critical position a history of dynamic global leadership, highly honed political skills and uncommon ability to create consensus and focus among UN Agencies and many partners in both the public and private sector.
We enthusiastically welcome the unanimous decision by the General Assembly to establish the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, to be known as UN Women. UN Women will be a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls around the world, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.
I welcome today’s vote by the 64th General Assembly to merge the four gender entities of the United Nations into UN Women — the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. I am grateful to Member States for having taken this major step forward for the world’s women and girls.