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Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile from 2006 to 2010, gave the Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels 2012 World Affairs Fellowship Lecture on September 4.
Bachelet spoke on "Women and the New Development Paradigm." She is the first undersecretary-general and executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women works with governments, civil society and the private sector to advance women's empowerment and gender equality worldwide.
Bachelet, a physician and surgeon, became the first woman to be elected president in the history of the Republic of Chile. A long-time champion of women's rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women's empowerment throughout her career.