Senior Management Group
Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
On 14 September 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Michelle Bachelet, a national of Chile, as the Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010. A long-time champion of women’s rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout her career. One of her major successes was her decision to save billions of dollars in revenues to spend on pension reform, which guaranteed a programme of social protections for women and children, despite the financial crisis. This included tripling the number of free early child-care centres for low-income families and the completion of some 3,500 child-care centres around the country.
Ms. Bachelet also held ministerial portfolios in the Chilean Government as Minister of Defence and Minister of Health. As Defence Minister, Ms. Bachelet introduced gender policies intended to improve the conditions of women in the military and police forces. As Minister of Health, she implemented health-care reform, improving attention to primary care facilities with the aim of ensuring better and faster health-care response for families.
Ms. Bachelet holds a medical degree. She also studied military strategy at Chile’s National Academy of Strategy and Policy and at the Inter-American Defense College in the United States.
Born 29 September 1951 in Santiago, Ms. Bachelet has three children.