President Michelle Bachelet speaking at the ANU

Public Lecture: Gender equality: a lived reality?

Ms Michelle Bachelet Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women
Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women. In 2006, Ms Bachelet was the first woman elected President of the Republic of Chile. She held this office for four years, serving her full term and a popular leader. In 2011, the United Nations Secretary General appointed her to lead the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women. This lecture will be the only public event during Ms Bachelet’s brief visit to Australia.
Starting its operations in January 2011, UN Women’s mandate is to accelerate global promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Over many decades, the United Nations has made significant progress in advancing gender equality, yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.
Ms Bachelet’s lecture will discuss the status of women worldwide and provide insight into UN Women. It will be a unique opportunity to hear what UN women is doing to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality and its priorities to advance women’s leadership, economic empowerment and to end violence against women.

When: Friday 24 August 2012, 10 – 11am
Where: The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, cnr Ward & Garran Roads, ANU.

Bookings are essential and can be made here.

This event is brought to you by AUSAID and the ANU Gender Institute

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