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UNESCO Director-General Joins as AUW Patron
Paris, France
4, Aug, 2011

“As the first woman Director-General of UNESCO, I am all the more committed to advancing the rights of women and encouraging their full participation in political, economic and social development… I am very honoured to join other eminent personalities on the Asian University for Women’s Council of Patrons. I will do my utmost to lend my voice to the noble ideals of your institution.”

-Irina Bokova

Ms. Irina Bokova, the first woman Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is now a Patron of the Asian University for Women. Ms. Bokova previously served as Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to France and Monaco, among other distinguished positions. She is the Founder and Chairperson of the European Policy Forum.

The AUW Council of Patrons is chaired by the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Kasina Wazed and co-chaired by Madame Lone Dybjkaer of the Danish Parliament. Other members include Ms. Anson Chan from Hong Kong, Dr. Condoleezza Rice from the US, and Ms. Emma Bonino from Italy.