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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Shaikha Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa Elected President of the UN General Assembly

The election of Shaikha Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa as the president of the UN’s 192-member General Assembly is a clear positive step for the international body, which has been repeatedly criticized for its inadequate representation of women in leadership positions. In the UN’s 60 year history, Shaikha Haya is only the third woman and the first from the Middle East to be elected president of the UN General Assembly. Prior to her post at the UN, she served as Bahrain’s ambassador to France. She was also one of the first two women to practice law in her country since 1975.

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