The Dame Jillian Sackler Distinguished Lecture on Global Health with the Honorable Michelle BacheletEvent offered by:
Foreign Policy Association
- Thursday, October 25, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street
New York, NY
- Event type
- Lecture / Panel
Please join the Foreign Policy Association and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College for the annual Dame Jillian Sackler Distinguished Lecture on Global Health. This year's lecture will be delivered by the Honorable Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women and former President of Chile, who will be discussing "The Role of Women's Health in Economic Development."
Ms Bachelet will be speaking about the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment to peace and security, democracy and improved living standards in larger freedom. She will focus on the need for women’s equal rights, equal opportunity and equal participation, including in decision-making, and how UN Women is pushing this agenda forward globally. She will also highlight the importance of listening to women’s voices and choices regarding women’s health and reproductive rights.
Hon. Michelle Bachelet - Speaker
Executive Director, UN Women
Ms. Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, which was established on 2 July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly. UN Women works with the entire UN system, governments, civil society and the private sector to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality worldwide.
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 as President was her decision to save billions of dollars in revenues to spend on issues such as pension reform, social protection programmes for women and children, and research and development, despite the financial crisis. Other initiatives 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.
She 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.