President Michelle Bachelet of Chile Receives Top Leadership Award at Opening of Historic Women’s Summit

by Dave


At a gathering of more than 300 women in Buenos Aires, Chair and Co-Founder Melanne Verveer highlighted 10 years of Vital Voices involvement and engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean, opening the Women Leadership Summit. Vital Voices also presented President Michelle Bachelet of the Republic of Chile with its prestigious Global Trailblazer Award.

(Previous recipients include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Mohammed Yunus, Noble Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank and Sheikha Lubna al-Qasima, the first female finance minister in the Middle East.)

Verveer praised women of the region for their hard work in achieving many of the goals they set for themselves 10 years ago. “In the last decade, the increase of female labor participation in Latin America and the Caribbean was the second highest in the world. Women hold almost 25% of minister and cabinet posts in Latin America. Women in the region hold 20% of the seats in Parliament.