February 23, 2019

Michelle Bachelet becomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

María Fernanda Espinosa and Michelle Bachelet – Picture by UN
1 September 2018, UN: Michelle Bachelet hailing from Chile became the VII United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She stepped in the shoes of predecessor, HRH Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein, native of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Bachelet ended her second four-year term as President of Chile in March 2018, having already held the position between 2006 and 2010.  The first woman elected to Chile’s highest office, after her first term, she joined the United Nations as the first Executive Director of the newly established United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).

A long-time human rights champion and ground-breaking leader, Michelle Bachelet is a pediatrician who began her Government career as an adviser in the Ministry of Health, rising quickly to become the first woman to lead Chile’s Health Ministry in 2000 and its Defence Ministry in 2002.

Holder of a medical degree, Ms. Bachelet also studied military strategy at Chile’s National Academy of Strategy and Policy and at the Inter-American Defense College in the United States.

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