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Her voice

“Either we do something, raise our voices, mobilize, in order to move forward and to once again bring the agenda to the multilateral system as a priority, as unfinished business, as an accelerator to peace and sustainable development, or we just will not live up to the expectations of so many women in the world.” 

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Ms. Irina Bokova,  co-founder of GWL Voices for Change and Inclusion, has been two terms the Director-General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2O17. She is the first woman to lead the Organisation. Ms. Bokova was a Fellow at the University of Maryland, Washington, and followed an executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Ms. Bokova was Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco and UNESCO and Personal Representative of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie(OIF).

 In 2020 she was elected International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Currently, she is a Member of the Board of “Ban Ki Moon Centre for Global Citizens”, Member of the Concordia Leadership Council, Member of the Strategic Committee of the Paris School of International Affairs /PSIA/, SciencePo, and lecturer on cultural diplomacy, Honorary Dean of the Humanitas College and Miwon Scholar of Peace Studies at Kyung-Hee University, Seoul, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Geneva, Member of the Board of l’Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS), Paris, among other activities.