As race for UN chief begins, new campaigns demand a woman take charge

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Foreign Affairs | No Comments

A campaign is mounting calling for a woman to replace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary-General when he leaves office at the end of 2016. On Sunday, WomanSG.org launched, featuring around a dozen women it says are outstanding possible candidates with political experience. Every few weeks, another group of possible candidates will be posted online. Next month, the international women’s rights group Equality Now will launch a similar Time for a Woman campaign while urging the public to pressure the U.N. and member states to make “gender a serious consideration for the first time,” said the group’s legal adviser, Antonia Kirkland. Women that they’re pointing out include Helen Clark, former New Zealand prime minister and the head of the U.N. Development Program; Bulgarian European commissioner Kristalina Georgieva; Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite; Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
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