Fmr Chilean pres. Bachellet rallies against ‘waist up, waist down’ view of women in Lat.Am.

Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile (Spanish): «I would say that the struggle is moving more slowly than I would like it to move. In some areas it goes better, in others it's worse, in some regions it is more effective than in others. And yet in general, I would say, there is some progress. If you remember that humanity has set goals for the next millennium, including to reduce maternal... Еще mortality, to give new opportunities to women. In fact, some of these goals have already been achieved — maternal and child mortality has decreased, women and girls have been given a little more opportunities, but there is still a lot to be done. There are still women who are humiliated and discriminated against. Let's not forget that women and girls are half of humanity. Nevertheless, they are spoken of as minorities, and in itself this fact indicates a strange opinion on this topic. In addition, when it comes to, for example, health issues, or any other problems, women are always in a more vulnerable position, they are more likely to fall ill and die and, of course, like children, who in their majority are highly dependent on mothers, especially when they are small. In the world there are still few female political leaders. There is progress in this area as well, but somewhere there is regression.» Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile (Spanish): «That's true, now we have no female president in Latin America. Furthermore, we used to have female prime ministers in Jamaica and in Trinidad and Tobago. Now we have no women neither among prime ministers, nor among heads of state. Of course, we do not have such a rule to have a specific number of women in the government, but this issue causes great concern as it proves that any progress may cause some regress in some other areas.» SOT, Rafael Correa, host, former President of Ecuador (Spanish): «No, we have more deep reasons here, cultural ones, for instance double standards. I have read an article by Laura Chinchilla saying, «When my popularity decreased, a new poll asking 'Would you vote for a female president again' was conducted. It is an obvious question. If the popularity of any male president were decreasing, they wouldn't ask people if they would vote for a man again. This discrimination is integrated. We don't even realise it. And I include myself, because we have had a very chauvinistic education, we must be very careful in order to fight this evil.» Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile (Spanish): «Yeah, I agree. Successful women have to explain why they are successful. We all have to. Recently I spoke about how unacceptable it is to judge a woman by her outfit. I experienced an interesting case one day. I was flying in an airplane and there was some women's magazine I saw my photo in. I suppose that was the only one such a magazine I appeared in. There was a caption saying 'It is unbearable! She wore the same outfit twice in a week.'» Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile (Spanish): «I can be completely different. I am who I am. I am not able to raise my voice and shout at people. They believe it means I am weak.» SOT, Rafael Correa, host, former President of Ecuador (Spanish): «Criticism comes from everywhere. Remember, 'Would you vote for a woman again?' It's unbelievable… Fighting machoism is hard, because it rooted in all the society levels. Talking about labor system. I have read about the gap in the salaries of men and women in Chile — one of the most developed countries of Latin America, this beautiful country where you became president twice. Nevertheless, there is a huge difference between men's and women's salaries.» Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile (Spanish): «That's why I proposed a draft constitutional reform on the inadmissibility of such a salary gap. Now it is being discussed in Parliament, we will see what happens next. Further

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