"The respect for human rights is nowadays not so much a matter of having international standards, but rather questions of compliance with those standards."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Michelle Bachelet on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Michelle Bachelet on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Michelle Bachelet on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Michelle Bachelet on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Michelle Bachelet on Abraham Lincoln
"In today's interdependent world, a threat to one becomes a menace to all. And no state can defeat these challenges and threats alone."
"I was not born in a home where there were stereotypes. So that was very useful because it gave me the sense of possibilities, of flying, if I may say, of making my hopes and dreams a reality."
"When women earn the money for the family, everyone in the family benefits. We also know that when women have an income, everyone wins because women dedicate 90% of the income to health, education, to food security, to the children, to the family, or to the community, so when women have an income, everybody wins."
"One of the factors a country's economy depends on is human capital. If you don't provide women with adequate access to healthcare, education and employment, you lose at least half of your potential. So, gender equality and women's empowerment bring huge economic benefits."
"The 2010 global gender gap report by the World Economic Forum shows that countries with better gender equality have faster-growing, more competitive economies."