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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

U.N. Women - A new agency for the times or just one more bureaucracy?

  Almost lost in the news accounts last week from the United Nations General Assembly was the one about former-Chilean President Michelle Bachelet being appointed to head the new U.N. Women agency. Formally titled the "U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women," the agency was created last July and was the result of years of pressure from some U.N. member states and women's organizations.
  The New York Times described Bachelet in this way: "59, the first female president of Chile, single mother of three and pediatrician, who survived prison torture, exile and the Pinochet regime to win the presidency in 2006." She left the presidency at the beginning of April of this year.
  (From the Times): “Women are almost invisible in some places,” Ms. Bachelet said at the United Nations last Thursday. “They are second-class citizens. They are seen as people without rights. It is a shame for humanity.”
  The creation of new U.N. agencies is not always the best way to solve problems or address important issues. Let's hope Bachelet can move forward on this front in an efficacious, cost-effective and useful way.She was an effective and popular president and appears to have the support of a wide array of states and groups around the world. Vamos a ver.

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