Rabab Fatima elected president of UN Women Executive Board
Published: 09:48 AM, 12 January 2022 Updated: 11:34 AM, 12 January 2022
Bangladesh`s Permanent Representative (PR) to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima - File Photo
Bangladesh's Permanent Representative (PR) to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima has been unanimously elected as president of the United Nations Women Executive Board for 2022.
The election of the five-member bureau was held on Tuesday local time at the United Nations headquarters in the United States. The Permanent Representatives of Argentina, Ukraine, Iceland and Sierra Leone to the United Nations have been elected Vice-Presidents.
With this election, Bangladesh took over the chairmanship of the UN Women Executive Board for the first time. The Executive Board provides strategic guidance to UN Women. The UN body is dedicated to gender equality and women's empowerment. As President of the Board, Bangladesh will have the opportunity to contribute to accelerate the work of UN Women.
In her inaugural speech, Ambassador Rabab Fatima thanked the Board members for electing her, and for their confidence in Bangladesh’s leadership to address the challenges that continue to affect women and girls across the globe, especially during the time of the pandemic.
“There is no time to waste. We must ensure that all COVID recovery plans are gender-responsive, and that all stakeholders - public, private, NGOs - are mobilized to ensure that. We also need to provide UN Women with the necessary direction and resources so that it can continue to be at the forefront of all such efforts.” Said Ambassador Fatima.
Ambassador Fatima assured UN Women that the new Executive Board will work hard to support UN Women in this challenging time. She applauded UN Women’s remarkable contributions in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide. She also paid tribute all staff and colleagues of UN Women globally, who have been carrying out their important work, with dedication and courage in the midst of the pandemic challenges.
Ambassador Sima Bahaus, Executive Director of UN Women Executive Board, welcomed the newly elected President.
She said that UN Women looked forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom. She expressed optimism that Ambassador Fatima would spearhead the bureau’s guidance to the work of UN Women.
Earlier, Rabab Fatima served as President of the Executive Board of UNICEF in 2020 and Vice President of the Executive Boards of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Executive Board in 2021.