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Event (NY): Focus on rural women : Invitation to three events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, 55th session, New York

Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm, IFAD-FAO- World Bank Side Event

“Gender, science and Technology in Agriculture” Conference Room B (NLB)

Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 11:30am – 12:45 pm FAO-IFAD-WFP Side Event

“Food Security, Agriculture and Rural Women: Challenges and Prospects” Conference Room A (NLB)

Thursday, 24 February 2011, 1.15 – 2.45 p.m., UN Women-FAO-IFAD Panel discussion

“The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges” Conference Room 3 (NLB)

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Opinion: Bachelet faces uphill battle at U.N. Women


Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is a smart, highly-educated politician, and a skillful negotiator, but I wonder whether she did the right thing in agreeing to head the United Nations’ new agency for women’s rights, scheduled to start operating Jan. 1. She will face formidable obstacles to get things done.

Her $500 million annual budget agency, known as U.N. Women, will bring together four existing U.N. women’s rights organizations that are known to barely talk to one another. And the new agency will be overseen by a 41-country board that includes some of the world’s worst women’s rights offenders, including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Congo.

In an interview for a soon-to-be aired TV show, I asked Bachelet how she expects to advance the cause of women’s rights with board members such as Saudi Arabia, where women can’t vote and are even prohibited from driving.

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News: UN Women’s First Chief Voices Optimism after Being Named to New Post

New York, NY, September 2010 – Ms Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary General of UN Women has announced that she would bring all of her experience and good relations with Heads of State and Government to help fight discrimination and boost opportunities for women and girls worldwide. Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, told UN Radio that she would deploy her skills and experience “to produce all the agreements [and] all the synergies” within the UN system and with Member States to run the new entity, tasked with accelerating the progress of women and girls” .

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News: Michelle Bachelet, New Head of UN Women: Where There Is Poverty, ‘The State Cannot Be Neutral’

The Nation Barbara Crossette | September 27, 2010

The choice of Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, to develop and then head a new and potentially powerful United Nations agency for women may well be the most important and smartest appointment Ban Ki-moon makes in his tenure as UN secretary-general. 

A socialist, a single mother in a conservative Catholic country and a survivor of imprisonment, torture and exile under the Augusto Pinochet regime, which killed her father, Bachelet can understand the difficult lives of many women around the world whose rights she will now promote and defend. Continue reading

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Opinion: “Three Early Moves for Michelle Bachelet’s UN “Start-Up” for Women”

Interesting commentary from Nandini OOmman on the CGD website, see the link below:


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News: UN Foundation Commits $400 Million to Support Maternal, Child Health

UN Foundation Commits $400 Million to Support Maternal, Child Health
Together with UN agencies and partner organizations, the UN Foundation will seek to address global health priorities, including childhood immunizations, malaria prevention, clean cooking solutions, and access to reproductive health services…. More»

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News: Former Chilean President to Lead New U.N. Agency

“UNITED NATIONS — Michelle Bachelet, famous for breaking gender barriers by becoming the first woman elected president of Chile, will head the new global United Nations agency created to advance women’s rights, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday. Mr. Ban said he chose Ms. Bachelet, 58, from 26 candidates for her political skills and ability to create consensus. She had been a front-runner from the start. “We have to make sure that women’s issues are an essential element on the agendas of all heads of state, all governments,” Ms. Bachelet said in an interview.”

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Employment: FAO Gender Officer (capacity development & mainstreaming)

Under the overall supervision of the Principal Advisor, ESWD, and as a member of one or more technical teams, the incumbent will contribute to the achievement of the Organizational Results related to “gender equity in access to resources, goods, services and decision making in rural areas”.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: October 11, 2010

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News: Gender Equality Goals Miss the Mark, Women’s Groups Say

Hannah Rubenstein
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 24 – A month ahead of the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit at the United Nations, some women’s groups are voicing concern that member states’ commitment to women’s issues is insufficient and slowing progress towards gender parity worldwide.