NEW YORK – Former President Michelle Bachelet becomes the first Chilean to be considered as UN High Commissioner of Human Rights. The organization has decided to reward Bachelet’s efforts for human rights.
The United Nations shortlisted Michelle Bachelet as a candidate for High Commissioner of Human Rights. She would work on human rights protection globally. Bachelet was the first executive director of UN Women, which is dedicated to gender equality and women’s rights. Now the Chilean leader could develop her struggle for women rights into a fight for human rights.
According to the news website Pass Blue, Bachelet has not said if she is going to accept the position. But during the email interview, she answered questions about her personal life and political record. She talked about her role as co-chair of the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child, and about her work as a chair at the World Health Organization.
Bachelet wanted to talk about other experiences related to human rights. she defined her new role at Every Woman Every Child, the organization aimed to intensify world actions to help women and children, as an exciting experience. Related to that Bachelet pointed out “I feel very excited about my new role in the partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. I have been working on this issue since 1990 at an international level, and hopefully I will continue to do so in an international sphere.”
About her work as a chairman at the World Health Organization WHO, she said: “I believe that each country needs to develop an integrated health program for women and girls, strengthening components of the United Nations´ global strategy in early childhood development, the health and well-being of adolescents, the improvement in equality, equity and dignity in health services, and sexual and reproductive rights to empower women and girls worldwide.”
On January 10 Michelle Bachelet was listed for as candidate for board chair of the World Health Organization’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. During a meeting at the presidential palace in Santiago, WHO representatives offered her the position. But it she started working at the organization only after her presidential term ended on March 11.
The leader is willing to continue her fight for women rights, but also a new battle for human rights around the world is expected from Bachelet. Chile for its part, as a fast-growing country is on the way to create a model society, in which the respect for human rights is visible for all the nations around the world.
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today. He worked in Colombia, Surinam and the Netherlands as reporter and works with international media during major events, like the social crisis, the elections and the Pope’s visit.