Women as the Leaders

Hi everyone!  Just want to introduce to you some of the women who has become the leader in society, original posted at: Council of Women World Leaders in hoping that there will be someday Khmer women will involve and able to contribute to the society more as well as men.

Tarja Kaarina Halonen President of the Republic of Finland 1.3.2000 -

Tarja Kaarina Halonen President of the Republic of Finland 1.3.2000 -

She became the first female head of state in the Republic of Finland in 2000 and was re-elected in 2006. Tarja Halonen has paid close attention to issues of human rights, democracy and civil society. Issues concerning social justice and promotion of equality have been central themes throughout her political career. Tarja Halonen has served as co-chair of World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, appointed by International Labour Organization ILO, from 2002 to 2004. During her presidency, she has held honorary positions in the following institutions: Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, member of the boards, 2006; Member of the “Panel of Eminent Persons” of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, 2005-2006; World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (ILO), Co-Chair, 2002-2004.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th President of Liberia and the first elected female Head of State in Africa.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th President of Liberia and the first elected female Head of State in Africa.

Johnson Sirleaf was born on October 29, 1938 in Monrovia, Liberia and is of mixed Gola and German heritage. Her father was the first indigenous Liberian to sit in the national legislature. Johnson-Sirleaf graduated from the College of West Africa (Monrovia), a United Methodist high school.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. in 1964, an economics diploma from the University of Colorado in 1970, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1971. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a social action organization and the first collegiate sorority founded by and for black women (1908).

Johnson-Sirleaf served as assistant minister of finance (1972–73) under President William Tolbert and as finance minister (1980–85) in Samuel K. Doe’s military dictatorship. During Doe’s regime she was imprisoned twice and narrowly avoided execution. In the 1985 national election she campaigned for a seat in the Senate and openly criticized the military government, which led to her arrest and a 10-year prison sentence. She was released after a short time and allowed to leave the country.

During 12 years of exile in Kenya and the United States, she became an influential economist for the World Bank, Citibank, and other international financial institutions. From 1992 to 1997 she was the director of the Regional Bureau for Africa of the United Nations Development Programme. She was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office in January 2006.

She is Liberian’s first elected female president and often referred to as the “Iron Lady.” On 5 November 2007, President George W. Bush awarded Johnson-Sirleaf the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States.

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President Dalia Grybauskaitė

President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Dalia Grybauskaitė (born March 1, 1956) is the current President of the Republic of Lithuania, elected on May 17, 2009. After completing her studies in economics, she worked as a lecturer on political economy and the world history of money.

In 1993, she became Director of the Economic Relations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A year later she was appointed the Extraordinary Envoy and Plenipotentiary Minister at the Lithuanian Mission to the EU. She returned to Lithuania in 1999 and in the same year started working as Deputy Minister of Finance and later became Minister of Finance.

In 2004 Grybauskaitė was appointed EU Commissioner in charge of financial programming and budget of the European Union. After spending one-year in the European Commission, she was elected “Commissioner of the Year 2005.” She was nominated for this title “for her unrelenting efforts to shift EU spending towards areas that would enhance competitiveness such as research and development.”

The President speaks four foreign languages: English, Russian, Polish, and French and is fond of classical music, she likes to spend her leisure time reading and going in for sports.

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Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor on November 22, 2005. She is the first woman and the first East German to hold this office. Her CV traces her rise from an academic to a political career.

Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor on November 22, 2005. She is the first woman and the first East German to hold this office. Her CV traces her rise from an academic to a political career.

Angela Dorothea Merkel, born in Hamburg, is the Chancellor of Germany. Merkel, elected to the German Parliament from Mecklenburg-Vorpommerng, has been the chairman of the Democratic Union CDU since 2000, and Chairwoman of the CDU-CSU parliamentary party group from 2002 to 2005. Before getting involved in politics, she earned a doctorate in physics and worked as a chemist at a scientific academy in East Berlin. Merkel is the first former citizen of the German Democratic Republic to lead the reunited Germany and the first woman to lead Germany since it became a modern nation-state in 1871. She is also the youngest person to be German chancellor since the Second World War. Merkel has been named by Forbes Magazine to be the most powerful woman in the world. In 2008, she was awarded the Karlspreis (Charlemagne prize) for promoting European Unity.

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Michelle Bachelet was President of Chile

Michelle Bachelet was President of Chile

Michelle Bachelet was President of Chile from 2006 to 2010, and was the first woman to hold the position. A moderate Socialist, her presidential campaign was based on a platform of continuing Chile’s free market policies, while increasing social benefits to help reduce the country’s gap between rich and poor, one of the largest in the world.

In September, 2010, Ms. Bachelet was appointed Under-Secretary-General for UN Women, the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

In 2007, Forbes magazine ranked her as 27th in the list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Prior to becoming President, Bachelet served as Minister of Health and Minister of Defense (the first Latin American woman to hold the post) under President Ricardo Largos. Bachelet has also worked for the Pan-American Health Organization, the World Health Organization, and Chile’s National AIDS Commission.

Bachelet is a surgeon, pediatrician, and epidemiologist, and has a Master’s degree in Military Science. Bachelet has three children and speaks Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese.

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