Outgoing head of UN Women leaves "stellar legacy" to build on: Ban Ki-moon

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Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women.

The head of UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and women's empowerment, has informed the Secretary-General of her intention to step down.

Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile and a longtime champion of women's rights, has served as the Executive Director of UN Women since it was established in July 2010.

In a statement on Friday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his gratitude and thanks to Ms. Bachelet, calling her "the right person in the right job at the right time."

He said her achievements include new steps to protect women and girls from violence, and a new understanding that women's empowerment must be at the core of the UN's work.

Mr. Ban said he is determined to build on this "stellar legacy."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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