On-the-Record Teleconference with UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet and UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin

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Live from Liberia on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the press briefing will highlight opportunities for advancing women’s leadership in the 21st century.

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We are honored to host UN Women Executive Director Bachelet for this conversation on March 8, and hear first-hand about her experiences and conversations in Africa on this special anniversary.

On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2011, the United Nations Foundation will host a special tele-briefing for media, live from Monrovia, Liberia, with UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet. UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin will host the conversation.

Ms. Bachelet, former President of Chile, is joining President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – the first democratically elected woman President in Africa -- in Liberia to highlight the importance of women’s leadership in forging strong democracies, economies and re-building societies after conflict. Ms. Bachelet will be briefed by Liberian women leaders, women entrepreneurs, and women in the security sector. While in Liberia, she will launch a programme to re-build markets for women that is being supported by UN Women.

During the teleconference, Ms. Bachelet will share her vision for the newly formed UN agency and will discuss the support that UN Women will provide to increase the opportunities and capacities for women to take leadership in all sectors.

“We are honored to host UN Women Executive Director Bachelet for this conversation on March 8, and hear first-hand about her experiences and conversations in Africa on this special anniversary. There is no more fitting way to commemorate International Women’s Day’s century of advancing the global agenda for women than for us to be talking about the issues impacting all women, including the world’s adolescent girls - its next leaders,” Calvin said.

In anticipation of spending 8 March in Liberia, Ms. Bachelet noted, “I am very pleased to celebrate this milestone in Liberia, a country where women’s influence in forging peace and recovery offers lessons for all countries committed to advancing gender equality and women’s human rights.”

Who: Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women
Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation
Tamara Kreinin, Women and Population, Executive Director, UN Foundation

When: Tuesday, March 8, 10 -11 a.m., ET

How: To join the media teleconference, please dial 1-800-311-9402 / 1-334-323-7224 (international).
Passcode: Liberia

Photos and video from Liberia will be available upon request.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

About UN Women
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. http://www.unwomen.org

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