WOMAN of ACTION – Inés Alberdi * Tribute

A Celebration of Women

is honored to share with the Women of our World, another phenomenal WOMAN of ACTION, that is devoting her Life to the betterment of the Lives of all women in our world. As Director in the United Nations, this woman has worked her Mission into a place of authority, enabling Positive Action.


Inés Alberdi

Inés Alberdi Alonso born ( Sevilla, February 11 of 1948)

is a sociologist and university professor of Spanish.

Es la actual Directora Ejecutiva del Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para las Mujeres (UNIFEM). It is the current Executive Director of United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Ejerce el cargo de Directora Ejecutiva de UNIFEM desde abrilde 2008. Fue seleccionada entre más de un centenar de candidatas procedentes de todos los continentes en un proceso de selección que duró más de seis meses y que incluyó una entrevista con el propio Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas Ban Ki-moon.

Holds the post of Executive Director of UNIFEM since April of 2008 was selected from over a hundred candidates from all continents in a selection process that lasted more than six months and included an interview with the secretary himself General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

Su nombramiento fue realizado por el administrador del PNUD , Kemal Dervis. His appointment was made by the administrator of UNDP , Kemal Dervis.

Con su nombramiento, Inés Alberdi se convirtió en la cuarta Directora Ejecutiva de UNIFEM , sucediendo en el cargo a Noeleen Heyzer de Singapur ( 1994 – 2007 ), Sharon Capeling-Alakija de Canadá ( 1989- 1994) ya Margaret Snyder de los Estados Unidos (1978 – 1989).

With his appointment, Inés Alberdi became the fourth Executive Director of UNIFEM , succeeding in office Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore ( 1994 – 2007 ), Sharon Capeling-Alakija of Canada ( 1989 – 1994) and Margaret Snyder of the United States ( 1978 – 1989 ).

Education and Academic Life

Inés Alberdi se licenció en Ciencias Políticas y Económicas por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid en 1971. Inés Alberdi degree in Political Science and Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1971. Posteriormente, en el año 1978, se doctoró cum laude en esta misma universidad en Ciencias Políticas y Sociología. Later in the year 1978, a Ph.D. cum laude in the same university in Political Science and Sociology.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, donde fue Catedrática Inés Alberdi.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he was Professor Inés Alberdi.

Ya en el mismo año de su graduación ( 1971), fue nombrada profesora ayudante en el Departamento de Sociología de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, cargo que ejerció hasta el 1975, año en que fue nombrada Profesora encargada en esta misma facultad.

Already in the year of graduation ( 1971), was named assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a post he held until 1975 , when he was appointed Professor in charge in this same option.

Posteriormente, después de un breve período como profesora adjunta en el Departamento de Estructura Social de la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología en la Universidad Complutense, fue Visiting Scholar (profesora invitada) en el Departamento de Sociología de la Universidad de Georgetown en Estados Unidos (1978-1980).

Later, after a brief period as assistant professor in the Department of Social Structure of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the Complutense University, was Visiting Scholar (visiting professor) at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University in the United States ( 1978-1980).

De vuelta a España, ejerció como Profesora Adjunta de Sociología en la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid ( 1980 – 1984) y, posteriormente, accedió al puesto de Profesora Titular de Sociología en esta misma facultad ( 1984- 1991).

Back in Spain, he served as Associate Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid ( 1980- 1984 ) and subsequently agreed to the post of Professor of Sociology in the same faculty ( 1984 – 1991 .)

Durante este tiempo también pasó un año en Estados Unidos como Associate Researcher (Investigadora Asociada) en el Departamento de Estudios de la Mujer y Políticas Públicas de la Universidad George Washington ( 1988 – 1989 ).

During this time he also spent a year in the United States as an Associate Researcher (Research Associate) in the Department of Women’s Studies and Public Policy at George Washington University( 1988 – 1989 ).

En 1991, Inés Alberdi obtuvo la plaza de catedrática de Sociología en la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología de la Universidad de Zaragoza, que ejerció hasta el año 1993 cuando se obtuvo la Cátedra de Sociología en la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, en donde impartió cursos de Sociología Política y de Sociología de las Relaciones de Género.

In 1991, Inés Alberdi he became Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Zaragoza, who served until 1993 when it obtained the Chair of Sociology at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the University Complutense de Madrid, where she taught Political Sociology and Sociology of Gender Relations.

Además, Inés Alberdi ha sido directora del curso de postgrado Género y Desarrollo ( 1994 – 1995 ) y Directora del Máster Estudios de la Mujer y Políticas de Igualdad de Oportunidades impartido en el Colegio de Doctores y Licenciados en Ciencias Políticas y Sociología.

In addition, Inés Alberdi has been director of the postgraduate course Gender and Development ( 1994 – 1995 ) and Director of the Master Women’s Studies and Equal Opportunities Policies taught at the College of Doctors and Bachelors in Political Science and Sociology.

UN Women


“Today is a historic day. This afternoon, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously decided to establish UN Women, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of a strong UN organization that will be a champion to promote and advance the rights of women and girls worldwide has been a goal we have been advocating for many years, and I know that you will join me in ‘Celebrating and Embracing’ this momentous achievement.

UN Women will merge UNIFEM with its three existing sister UN entities working on gender issues —

the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW),

the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI),

and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).

For many years, we have effectively worked with national, regional and global partners to generate a stronger public policy response to previously under-recognized women’s rights issues, such as ending violence against women, increasing women’s political participation, and prioritizing women’s leadership in forging peace and security.

At the same time, we have faced serious challenges in our efforts to support countries to implement commitments to gender equality, in part because of inadequate funding and because there was no single recognized driver to lead the UN response for gender equality support. This is why we wholeheartedly joined UN Member States and women’s rights advocates in the call to strengthen the UN system to render even stronger support to the advancement of gender equality.

Today marks a great new beginning, not an end. The kind of work that UNIFEM has supported will continue as we merge into an institution that will be more robust and coherent, better positioned and resourced than the sum of its constituent parts. I count on all of you to continue to be with us on this exciting journey. Your support throughout the years and your tireless engagement on behalf of the world’s women has made this success possible.

UN Women will become fully operational on

1 January 2011.

It is important to note that until then we will continue to be fully operational as part of the new entity. Agreements made with UNIFEM, whether in the context of partnerships, programmes or funding arrangements, will then be transferred to and honoured by UN Women.

Over the past decades, there have been many achievements in advancing the women’s rights and gender equality agenda, yet much still needs to be done. We now know that we will be stronger in pursuing our joint efforts for women and girls globally.

“Let’s seize this moment, and the momentum,

and work with renewed energy and enthusiasm.”

Inés Alberdi

UNIFEM Executive Director


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Dedication & Servitude of this Amazing Woman.

Bravo, Ines!

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