Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile; Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women (2010-13)
Michelle Bachelet is nominated for her leadership in advancing global gender equality.
As the first executive director and under-secretary-general of UN Women, Bachelet has been instrumental in making women’s rights a globally recognized issue.
The UN Women’s COMMIT initiative was established at the end of 2012 and, under her leadership, by the end of 2013 over 60 countries and the EU had committed themselves to end discrimination and violence against women. In March 2013, she led the way as the UN approved a global action plan for the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. With her backing, over 500 chief executives and 11 countries signed up to the Women’s Empowerment Principles to build roadmaps for the empowerment of women in business.
Bachelet’s leadership had a demonstrable impact on the ground. She implemented UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative, which has worked to tackle sexual harassment in public spaces and helped increase women’s representation in elected positions.
In December 2013, Bachelet was elected President of Chile for the second time. She is the first woman to hold the office and the first person since 1932 to win the presidency of her country twice in competitive elections.