Dr. Jean Krasno, a lecturer at New York’s City College and Yale University, heads the Woman for Secretary General Campaign. She wants a woman to become the next U.N. Secretary General. And she is not the only one. The current Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, wants his successor to be a woman as well. So do the ladies in the race for the highest U.N. position, lots of governments and supporters.
Krasno told the New Zealand Herald, the results of the two ballots, which took place so far, reflected an “old boy network” in the Security Council. “They all know each other, they’ve all evolved over time with an old boys’ club. And that’s what always happens, they network, so they vote for them. It’s just old boy networking.” Krasno supports the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, but foremost, she wants to see the strong gender at the top of the U.N.: a woman. Krasno accurately said, only one woman was a member of the Security Council itself: Samantha Powers, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N..
The Bulgarian candidate, Irina Bokova, who is Director-General of UNESCO at this stage, was seen as a front runner, but still got relatively disappointing results in the first two ballots. A straw-vote is scheduled for August 29th, 2016.