► Former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, served her country on two different occasions; she has now done the same for the United Nations. Previously the executive director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Bachelet was nominated to replace Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein at the end of his term, as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights earlier this year.
Now a few months into the position, Bachelet remains optimistic and says that there needs to be a “pushback on the pushback” on human rights that the world has seemingly witnessed lately. Citing women’s rights and progress on LGBT matters as two issues that must be nurtured, Bachelet suggests that perhaps the world has taken democratic progress for granted.
It appears Bachelet has her work cut out for her as, in the words of her predecessor, al-Hussein, “Oppression is fashionable again, the security state is back and fundamental freedoms are in retreat in every single region of the world.”
Talk to Al Jazeera spoke to Michelle Bachelet about the current state of human rights across the world and her vision for the future in her new role.