Leila de Lima beats six men, others to replace Ban Ki- Moon as UN Secretary-General
Filipino Senator Leila de Lima has been elected as the new United Nations Secretary-General as Ban Ki-moon brings his term to an end.
Having defeated 10 others, she emerged the position following Ban Ki-moon’s plea for the next person to take his office after his departure should be a woman.
This is the first time a woman is holding the leading role in the United Nations since its formation in 1945.
According to Ban “it’s high time now” for a female secretary-general, stressing that women should be given equal.
Leila de Lima is a Filipino lawyer and senator. She was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights in May 2008. She served the commission until June 30, 2010, after resigning from its chairmanship to accept her appointment by President Benigno S. Aquino III as the Philippines’ new Secretary of the Department of Justice.
She resigned from this office five years later, on October 12, 2015, to focus on her candidacy for a seat in the Senate of the Philippines in what was then an oncoming 2016 Philippine general election. She eventually won one of the twelve contested seats and will serve as a Philippine senator in the Philippines’ 17th Congress.