Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Chile and takes part in high-level Beijing+20 event

Date: 27 February 2015

During her first official visit to Chile, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka met with key officials and activists, and co-hosted a high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,”  with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Held on 27-28 February in Santiago, the event is one of the major Beijing+20 events being organized around the world.

28 February

Women leaders call to ‘step it up’ for gender equality

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and President of Chile Michelle Bachelet at the closing ceremony of the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” held in Santiago, Chile, on 27–28 February 2015. (Photo: UN Women/Mario Ruiz.)
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and President of Chile Michelle Bachelet at the closing ceremony of the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world.” Photo: UN Women/Mario Ruiz.

“It’s time to step it up for gender equality. We have waited long enough!” With this call to action, global women leaders gathered at the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” held in Santiago, Chile, on 27–28 February 2015. They urged governments and the private sector to take stronger measures to close the gap of inequalities in order to achieve the goals established 20 years ago during the Fourth World Conference on Women that resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Read the Executive Director's closing speech.

27 February

“Take intense measures” to accelerate women’s full and equal participation in politics, leaders urged in Chile

Many of the participants in the "Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” high-level event pose for a group photograph. Photo: UN Women/Mario Ruiz

More than 300 global women leaders gathered today in Santiago, Chile, to take part in the high-level conference that aims to galvanize political support to achieve gender equality and honour commitments made by 189 governments to uphold the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The event was inaugurated by the President of Chile –and founding Executive Director of UN Women– Michelle Bachelet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. 

“For women’s leadership to thrive, and for change to happen, all of us need greater courage and decisiveness” – UN Women Executive Director

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka delivered one of the inaugural speeches at the "Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” event on 27 February, along with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Photo: UN Women/Mario Ruiz

In her opening address at the "High-level Event on Women in Power and Decision-making", held on 27 February, in Santiago, Chile, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged bolder action to fulfil the commitments made at the World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 to increase women’s representation in leadership positions in all important sectors of society.


26 February

ED in Chile with Mary Robinson
(From left to right) The Executive Director joined Ms. Mary Robinson, President of the Foundation, Ms. Hellen Clark, Executive Director of UNDP and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in Santiago on 26 February 2015. Photo: UN Women/Mario Ruiz

During her visit to Chile, the Executive Director participated in the roundtable “Women’s Participation: Learning from Community Experiences” hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, to facilitate a dialogue between members of the Troika+ of Women Leaders on Gender and Climate Change (Troika+), grass-roots representatives, in particular women, engaged in climate action and representatives of local and national government involved in the design and implementation of climate policy and decision-making processes.

ED in Chile with Civil Society
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaking at a meeting with civil society, in Santiago on 26 February 2015. Photo: UN Women/Mario Ruiz

As part of her agenda, the Executive Director met with civil society, along with H. E. Claudia Pascual, Minister of SERNAM, to articulate strategies that will allow all women to access decision-making positions in all sectors, to close the gap of inequalities. The meeting resulted in a series of recommendations that were brought to the attention of global women leaders by a representative from civil society during the main event.

25 February

(From left to right) The Minister and Director of Chile's National Women's Service, Claudia Pascual, and Chile's Foreign Minister, Heraldo Muñoz, met and took part in a press conference with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in Santiago on 25 February 2015. Photo: UN Women/Mario Ruiz
(From left to right) The Minister and Director of Chile's National Women's Service, Claudia Pascual, and Chile's Foreign Minister, Heraldo Muñoz, met and took part in a press conference with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in Santiago on 25 February 2015. Photo: UN Women/Mario Ruiz

The Executive Director arrived for her first official visit to Chile on 25 February and took part in a series of meetings with Government officials, including Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Claudia Pascual, Minister of Women and Gender Equality; and others, to discuss the women’s rights and women’s empowerment agenda. She also met with representatives of Chilean grass-roots and civil society organizations, and with the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.


24 February

Announcer: UN Women Executive Director to co-host Beijing+20 “Women in Power and Decision-Making” high-level event in Chile

Follow the Executive Director’s visit to Chile on Twitter @ONUMujeres #Beijing20 and on Facebook.com/ONUMujeres 
Photos of the visit will be available on: flickr.com/unwomen
The high-level event is also being livestreamed here.