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Killing women means society pays the ultimate price

21 October 2016

UN Women is profoundly concerned by the brutal sexual violence and murder of women and girls that has been recently highlighted by women in Argentina, and which reverberates across Latin America and beyond. This is a form of intimate terror that has become normalized through its sheer scale and acceptance of its inevitability in some places. Yet it is not normal, and it cannot continue. Beyond the appalling personal cost, it reveals deep and damaging failures of society that ultimately have a high price in lost progress for each country. More

“We ourselves are here for repurposing – to exchange ways for ensuring more and substantive women's leadership and women’s power” – UN Women Executive Director

02 March 2015

In her closing statement at the high-level event on "Women Power and Decision Making”, held on 28 February in Santiago, Chile, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, praised the dialogue and contributions the event has generated, and encouraged attendees to further act on the suggestions and ideas brought to the table. More

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

28 February 2015

“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. More

Lakshmi Puri calls upon women leaders to act for gender equality

28 February 2015

Introductory statement for the call for action entitled “Women Leaders: Time to Step it up for Gender Equality” by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri on 28 February, in Santiago, Chile. More

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

27 February 2015

During her first official visit to Chile this week, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is meeting with key officials and activists, and co-hosting a High-Level event on “Women in power and decision-making: building a different world,” with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Taking place from 27-28 February in Santiago, Chile, the event is one of the major Beijing+20 events being organized around the world. More

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

27 February 2015

More than 300 global leaders gathered today in Santiago, Chile, to take part in a high-level conference on women in power and decision-making as part of UN Women’s global Beijing+20 campaign. It 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. More

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

27 February 2015

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. More

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

25 February 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make her first official visit to Chile this week to co-host a High-Level event on “Women in power and decision-making: building a different world,” with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Taking place from 27-28 February at Estaciόn Mapocho in Santiago, participants will include global women leaders, presidents, parliamentarians, businesswomen, UN and government representatives, activists and a Nobel Laureate. More

Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirm commitment to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

22 November 2014

Santiago - After two days of rigorous and productive discussions during the Latin America and Caribbean Special Session on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, delegations from 21 countries unanimously reaffirmed the region’s commitment to the Platform for Action, and the goal to remove barriers that prevent women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life. More

Press release: UN Summit to amplify voices from the climate front lines

19 September 2014

Climate change is an issue of human rights, equity and justice. While it impacts everyone, climate change especially disrupts the lives and livelihoods of girls, boys, women, indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees, and inhabitants of environmentally vulnerable areas, including small island States. The very same people who continually struggle against poverty, discrimination and marginalization across all walks of life are also on the front lines of climate action. “Voices from the... More

UN Women congratulates Michelle Bachelet on her inauguration as President of Chile

12 March 2014

UN Women congratulates Michelle Bachelet for her inauguration as President of Chile on 11 March in a ceremony held in the Chilean Congress in Valparaiso. More

UN Women congratulates Michelle Bachelet as President-elect of Chile

16 December 2013

UN Women congratulates Michelle Bachelet, its founding Executive Director and new President-elect of Chile. UN Women has made it a core priority to advance women's full and equal participation in decision-making. More

UN Women congratulates Michelle Bachelet as President-elect of Chile

16 December 2013

UN Women congratulates Michelle Bachelet, its founding Executive Director and new President-elect of Chile. UN Women has made it a core priority to advance women's full and equal participation in decision-making. More

European Union and UN Women to fund initiatives for gender equality in Chile

14 June 2013

As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected. More

Domestic workers in the Southern Cone push for rights with ILO Convention on their side

13 June 2013

Uruguay was the first country to ratify International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic workers’ rights, adopted two years back on 16 June 2011, in Geneva. A Uruguayan union leader looks back on that achievement, its impact and what remains to be done. More

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan Cassell at a side event on the COMMIT Initiative

06 March 2013

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan-Cassell at the high-level side event on the COMMIT Initiative, 5 March, 2013, in New York. More

Police and Judges against Gender Violence in the Southern Cone

01 August 2011

UN Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a study in July 2011 that assessed the mechanisms currently in place to respond to gender-based violence in the Southern Cone. The study stresses that violence against women, especially within families and between partners, continues to persist. It also looks at the steps taken by governments to combat the issue through legal and judicial measures, as well as through the work of security forces. More

Pathways of Democratic Transitions: Reflections on the Chilean Experience

05 June 2011

Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at a seminar titled, “International Forum on Pathways of Democratic Transitions, organized by UNDP in Cairo, 5 June 2011. More

Michelle Bachelet Signs FAO’s 1billionhungry Petition

23 September 2010

Santiago, Chile — UN Women's Under-Secretary-General and former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, joined the “1billionhungry Project from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), adding her signature to those of 85,000 people fighting to end hunger all around the world. More

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