While it has not been confirmed how many candidates are in the running to be appointed the new Executive Director of UN Women, succeeding Michele Bachelet, there have been at least been four confirmed and a speculated additional three candidates since nominations closed last May.
Three of the four confirmed candidates, Rebeca Grynspan, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda and Kim Campbell shared their priorities and hopes if they are to be selected, which can be read on AWID website. The fourth candidate Patricia Francis (Jamaica) did not submit a response. AWID has expressed its concerned with the lack of transparency in the process and hopes that making information about the candidates available, feminist organizations and other interested parties are sufficiently informed.
Global Memo reports that Lakshmi Puri, acting head UN Women, Tarja Halonen, 11th President of Finland, and Radhika Coomaraswamy, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, are also rumored to be under consideration.