Michelle Bachelet

Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (Spanish: [βeˈɾonika miˈʃel βaʃeˈle ˈxeɾja]; born 29 September 1951)[1] is a Chilean politician who has served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2018.[2] She also previously served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010 and 2014 to 2018 for the Socialist Party of Chile; she is the first woman to hold the Chilean presidency and the first elected female leader in South America. After leaving the presidency in 2010 and while not immediately reelectable, she was appointed the first executive director of the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.[3] In December 2013, Bachelet was reelected with over 62% of the vote, bettering the 54% she obtained in 2006. She was the first President of Chile to be reelected since 1932.[4]


Michelle Bachelet

7th United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Assumed office
1 September 2018
DeputyKate Gilmore
Secretary GeneralAntónio Guterres
Preceded byZeid Raad Al Hussein
33rd and 35th President of Chile
In office
11 March 2014  11 March 2018
Preceded bySebastián Piñera
Succeeded bySebastián Piñera
In office
11 March 2006  11 March 2010
Preceded byRicardo Lagos
Succeeded bySebastián Piñera
President pro tempore of the Pacific Alliance
In office
1 July 2016  30 June 2017
Preceded byOllanta Humala
Succeeded byJuan Manuel Santos
Executive Director of UN Women
In office
14 September 2010  15 March 2013
DeputyLakshmi Puri
Secretary GeneralBan Ki-moon
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byLakshmi Puri (acting)
President pro tempore of UNASUR
In office
23 May 2008  10 August 2009
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byRafael Correa
Minister for National Defense
In office
7 January 2002  1 October 2004
PresidentRicardo Lagos
Preceded byMario Fernández Baeza
Succeeded byJaime Ravinet
Minister for Health
In office
11 March 2000  7 January 2002
PresidentRicardo Lagos
Preceded byÁlex Figueroa
Succeeded byOsvaldo Artaza
Personal details
Born
Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria

(1951-09-29) 29 September 1951 (age 69)
Santiago, Chile
Political partySocialist
Other political
affiliations
Concertación (1988–2013)
New Majority (2013–2018)
Spouse(s)
Jorge Dávalos Cartes
(m. 1978; died 2005)
Children3
RelativesAlberto Bachelet (father)
EducationUniversity of Chile (MD)
ProfessionPaediatrician / Public Health Physician
Signature
Websitemichellebachelet.cl

Bachelet, a physician who has studied military strategy at university level, was Health Minister and Defense Minister under her predecessor, Ricardo Lagos. She is a separated mother of three and describes herself as an agnostic.[5] She speaks English fluently, as well as some German and Portuguese.[6][7][dubious ]