Michelle Bachelet

Former President of Chile

    Michelle Bachelet is a Pediatrician with a medical degree from the University of Chile.

    During the eighties, she worked in NGOs giving professional support to vulnerable children and adolescents.

    With the return of democracy (1990), she worked in Public health institutions and became a consultant for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

    In 1996, interested in the reunion between the civil and military world, she specialized in National Defense issues, specializing in military strategy and continental defense.

    In March 2000, she was appointed Minister of Health in the government of Ricardo Lagos Escobar.

    In 2002, she became the first woman to occupy the position of Minister of Defense in Chile and Latin America.

    In March 2006, she became the first Chilean woman elected President, with a government focused on achieving greater equity and social inclusion.

    In March 2010, her administration ended with historical approval rates.

    On September 14, 2010, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, announced the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the first Director of UN Women, an Organization fighting for the rights of women and girls around the world.

    On December 15, 2013 she was elected President for the second time (2014-2018). Her Presidency ended on March 11, 2018.

    Her governments have been internationally recognized due to the expansion and protection of rights; important structural reforms aimed at guaranteeing access to education; greater gender equity; the expansion of health care coverage, quality, and financial protection; and a globally recognized structural reform to the energy sector.