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Planned Parenthood Federation of America Congratulates Michelle Bachelet, First Head of UN Women

Planned Parenthood congratulates former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on her new role as head of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, better known as UN Women, and applauds UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on this appointment.

As the first woman president of Chile, a physician and former minister of health, Dr. Bachelet is uniquely qualified to lead UN Women — an initiative to coordinate and augment ongoing efforts to advance women’s rights and empowerment across UN agencies. While serving as minister of health and then president, Dr. Bachelet stood strong on issues of sexual and reproductive health. Notably, she signed into law new legislation calling for free distribution of emergency contraception.

“By selecting a leader of Dr. Bachelet’s caliber, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sends a clear message to the global community that women’s rights and equality will be considered at the highest level of deliberation on international human rights,” said Mary-Jane Wagle, Planned Parenthood Federation of America vice president for international programs. “Planned Parenthood and our international partners look forward to working with Dr. Bachelet and UN Women to improve the health and rights of women and girls around the world, starting in the places where they are most marginalized.”


Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 825 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.


Leila Darabi, 212-261-4358

Published: 09.14.10

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