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The Future of Human Rights: A Conversation with Michelle Bachelet
The United States was once considered one of the world leaders in promoting human rights by funding and engaging in multilateral institutions such as the UN Human Rights Council. However, according to the Center for American Progress, the Trump administration’s attention toward human rights is at a record low both at home and abroad. Furthermore, Covid-19 and government responses worldwide also pose another threat to human rights. What will the future of human rights be? Stay tuned to listen to H.E. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile, to discuss this question on October 29th at 9 AM ET.

Oct 29, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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H.E. Michelle Bachelet
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
On September 1, 2018, Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile on two occasions (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018). She was the first female president of Chile. She served as Health Minister (2000-2002) as well as Chile’s and Latin America’s first female Defense Minister (2002 – 2004). During her presidential tenures, she promoted the rights of all but particularly those of the most vulnerable. Among her many achievements, education and tax reforms, as well as the creation of the National Institute for Human Rights and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights stand out, as do the establishment of the Ministry of Women and Gender Equality, the adoption of quotas to increase women’s political participation, and the approval of Civil Union Act legislation, granting rights to same-sex couples and thus, advancing LGBT rights.