Mary Robinson founded Realizing Rights in 2002 as a fixed term initiative to develop new alliances aimed at integrating human rights, gender equality, and enhanced accountability into efforts to address global challenges and governance shortcomings.

On 14 December 2010, Realizing Rights celebrated the culmination of its joint endeavours and looked ahead to the opportunities for new beginnings.

Michelle Bachelet (Chile) is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Under Ms. Bachelet's leadership, UN Women will lead, support and coordinate the work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country level. Ms. Bachelet served as the President of Chile from 2006 to 2010.

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