Michelle Bachelet

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, the first woman to become president of Chile in 2006, talks about her experiences as a woman in politics and her work realising human rights around the world. Photo: Chatham House.

Michelle Bachelet, as a young woman you became involved with political issues, supporting Chile’s transition to democracy following the Augusto Pinochet regime. What sparked your interest in politics and what was it like for you as a young woman in Chile at this time?

I guess it’s related to the environment that I lived in as a child because none of my parents were involved in politics but they were people who were interested in what happened to other people. We would have interesting discussions about what was going on in Chile and around the world and I had grown up being a person who wanted to be part of finding solutions to different challenges.…  Seguir leyendo »

Una planta geotérmica en Chile Credit Meridith Kohut para The New York Times

Turning Point: A landmark climate report from the United Nations described a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040.

Por mucho tiempo se ha adoptado la actitud de que la naturaleza es un elemento estático al servicio de la humanidad. Sin embargo, aquellos más informados entre nosotros se han dado cuenta de que pensarlo así provocará nuestra ruina. El medioambiente no es una preocupación secundaria; de hecho, es el imperativo que debería dirigir todas nuestras decisiones futuras sobre el desarrollo a largo plazo.

A medida que las naciones industrializadas como Brasil y China siguen creciendo, con sus clases medias en expansión, y después del retiro de Estados Unidos del Acuerdo de París, es más importante que nunca que países pequeños como Chile —aquellos que usualmente padecen de manera más directa los daños costeros por el cambio climático— trabajen para preservar el medioambiente mientras buscan mantener un impulso económico.…  Seguir leyendo »

The once remarkable gains in protecting and promoting equality between women and men in Afghanistan are now facing their most serious challenges.

Two questions must be asked: Are the emerging challenges to women’s rights an indication of an overall backslide in security and stability in Afghanistan? Is this evidence of women’s rights being negotiated away as part of the peace and reconciliation process?

The struggle of Afghan women is not one that can be separated from the overall struggle of the Afghan nation to achieve peace and stability. The situation of women and girls — their progress, their opportunities and their access to real justice — must be one of the primary indicators to measure the direction and success of the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.…  Seguir leyendo »

Cuando era niña en Chile, escuché muchas veces un dicho que era común en esa época: «quien te quiere te aporrea», que significa algo así como «quien te quiere te trata mal». Esta frase -aceptada entonces sin muchos cuestionamientos- hoy a todas luces se ha convertido en lo que verdaderamente es: un silencio cómplice frente a la violación a los derechos humanos de las mujeres. En sociedades que avanzan decididamente hacia mayor igualdad, justicia y equidad, la violencia de género es una amenaza contra la democracia, la paz y la estabilidad de nuestros países.

Este 25 de noviembre conmemoramos el Día Internacional para Eliminar la Violencia contra la Mujer.…  Seguir leyendo »

Well, there’s supposed to be a presidential debate tonight in Oxford, Miss. And it’s supposed to be about foreign policy. With that in mind, the Op-Ed editors asked leaders and writers from around the world to pose questions they’d like to hear John McCain and Barack Obama answer.

How would you work with America’s allies in the Muslim world to turn around the widely held misperception there, as evidenced in opinion polls, that the global war against terrorism is actually a war against Islam?

ASIF ALI ZARDARI, the president of Pakistan

Many developing countries — mine included — have made sacrifices to carry out tough economic reforms and have sought “trade and not aid.”…  Seguir leyendo »