Former Chilean President Michele Bachelet hosted the launch event for UN Women, Honouring the Past – Envisioning the Future for Women and Girls, on February 24th 2011.
UN Women will support individual countries in moving towards gender equality in economics and politics, and ending the worldwide phenomenon of violence against women. It will assist in setting international standards for progress and lead coordinated UN efforts to make new opportunities for women and girls.
“With the birth of UN Women, we welcome a powerful new agent for progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment,” says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ban Ki-moon appointed former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be the first Executive Director of UN Women.
“Think on how much more we can do once women are fully empowered as active agents of change and progress within their societies,” Bachelet said. “Historically, we are at a point of great potential and change for women. Now we must seize that opportunity.”
She added, “My own experience has taught me that there is no limit to what women can do.”
Actress Geena Davis highlighted the role of the media in promoting positive images. And Colombian singer Shakira gave a special message emphasizing the importance of education.
The event ended with the performance of “One Woman,” a song especially written for the occasion.