James M. Lindsay

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Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

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TWE on Camera: Michelle Bachelet on Empowering Women

by James M. Lindsay
April 7, 2011

CFR.org has just posted a video interview I had the pleasure of doing yesterday with Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director General of UN Women. Ms. Bachelet was president of Chile from 2006 to 2010. We talked about what UN Women is seeking to accomplish and how she navigates the political and diplomatic sensitivities surrounding the issue.

Here are five things about women’s empowerment worth noting:

My colleague Isobel Coleman, the author of the terrific book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East, has done a lot of work on women’s empowerment. As founder and director of CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program, she has tackled problems such as maternal health in Afghanistan, international reproductive health and family planning efforts, and the role that technology and private sector resources in empowering women economically. Isobel has just launched a new CFR blog, “Democracy and Development,” that will tackle these and other issues. Check it out.

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