Dr Rebecca Reichmann Tavares appointed as UN Women’s Representative for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka


Dr Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, Ed.D. was appointed as UN Women’s Representative for India, Maldives, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Dr Tavares took on her new role as of 1 July 2013.

“I am here to learn about India and the region. In the past decade, there have been numerous positive trends to improve gender equality and I look forward to strengthening those efforts with our partners,” said Dr Tavares.

Since 2009, Dr Tavares has served as UN Women’s Representative and Regional Programme Director for Brazil and Southern Cone. In her new role in the Indian sub-continent, Dr Rebecca Reichmann Tavares will lead UN Women’s work to strengthen gender equality in partnership with governments, researchers and civil society.

UN Women works in the four countries to end violence against women, promote women’s political leadership, encourage their economic empowerment and finally, strengthen national plans and budgets for women. 

Dr Rebecca Reichmann Tavares has worked extensively in Latin America and the United States to promote women’s human rights and social justice. A native of Southern California, Dr Tavares graduated from Yale University and holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has published several books, monographs and articles on race relations in Brazil, women’s rights, and microfinance in Latin America.

For a detailed profile, please see http://www.unwomensouthasia.org/about-us/team/