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International Organizations With Women in Command

The Woman Post makes a global review of those women who are in charge of International Organizations in different countries of the world.

The Woman Post | Maria Claudia Londoño

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As in many areas, particularly politicians, the presence of women in senior positions is not yet significant, as is stated in the 2030 agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Nigerian, Economist, and expert in international development, the first woman appointed to head the WTO-World Trade Organization as Director. She was previously Managing Director of the World Bank for 25 years.

Ngozi was born in Ogwashi-Ukwu, in the Delta state of Nigeria, a descendant of the Obahai royal family of Ogwashi-Ukwu, in which her father Professor Chukwuka Okonjo was the obi (king).

Christine Lagard. French, who was appointed to the presidency of the ECB European Central Bank

According to the OMFIF (Official Forum of Monetary and Financial Institutions), of the 173 central banks, only 14 women are at the forefront in this sector.

Ms. Lagarde previously held positions in the French government. She was Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Minister of Commerce, and Minister of Economy, Finance, and Industry in the government of Dominique de Villepin.

The Financial Times in 2009 highlighted her as one of the best finance ministers in the eurozone.

Kristalina Georgieva, of Bulgarian origin, is a politician with a doctorate in Economic Sciences. She succeeded Christine Lagarde in the International Money Fund (IMF) position.

A curious fact about Mrs. Georgieva is that her name was considered a candidate for the Secretary General of the UN to replace Ban Ki-Moon.

Audrey Azoulay. Of French origin, from a Moroccan Jewish family, before replacing Irina Bokova at UNESCO, she held the position of Minister of Culture and Communication in the presidential period before Emmanuel Macron retired. She is the daughter of the banker and journalist André Azoulay, adviser to the King of Morocco Hassan II and Mohammed VI.

Ursula von der Leyen German politician and doctor, 2019 is the current President of the European Commission. In her country, she served as Minister of Defense and her name was considered the possible successor of Angela Merkel at the time of her.

She descended from Baron Ludwig Knoop, who had a cloth factory in Breme and was one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 19th century in her home country.

• Received the Order for Merits to Lithuania, BigBrotherAwards (2009 and 2017), Language Adulterator of the Year Award (2014 and 2021

Winnie Byanyima is a Ugandan aerodynamic engineer, diplomat, activist, and politician who also earned a degree in mechanical engineering, specializing in energy economics, from Cranfield University.

She currently heads (UNAIDS), Uganda's Joint United Nations Program on AIDS. She previously held the executive director of Oxfam International, a non-governmental organization that carries out humanitarian work and advances the fight against poverty and inequality.

All these women occupy positions of not only regional but global importance and have in their hand's immense responsibilities that they have assumed with fortitude and great academic, political, economic, and social responsibility and impact training. They are women who have opened paths with their careers and performance in each position they have held and that is why The Woman Post dedicates this space as a tribute to them.