More and more often women take senior positions in global politics. They motivate others to set their goals high and conquer all the heights. News agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community continues its series of articles on women-leaders. 

The role of women in preserving cultural heritage has always been unique. The background of Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, endorses that fact. The daughter of Advisor to the King of Morocco started engaging in art since she was a child. At the time, Audrey was spending her holidays in the royal palace, which is rich in architectural and artistic masterpieces. After graduating from Paris Dauphine and Lancaster universities, Ms. Azoulay could have thought of the successful managerial career. However, she understood she wanted to connect her future life to education and culture, as she took the corresponding positions in government structures. Thus, Ms. Azoulay went to The Paris Institute of Political Studies to deepen her knowledge. 


Her career developed constantly. Slowly but surely Audrey Azoulay was approaching one of her dreams, which was the position of the Minister of Culture in France. Before that, she worked efficiently in Ile-de-France Court of Auditors and the National Center of Cinematography and the Moving Image. Also, Ms. Azoulay worked as an advisor to then President of France François Hollande. At the time, she supported French cinematography in the European market. After becoming the French Minister of Culture, the politician dedicated her life to preserving France’s cultural heritage. In October 2017, Audrey Azoulay was elected as the Director-General of UNESCO. 


According to her, it is necessary to initiate safeguarding cultural heritage in conflict zones. Thus, one of her most ambitious projects since her appointment is rebuilding cultural heritage of Mosul. On that initiative, UNESCO works with the Iraqi government. 

Audrey Azoulay is sure, that “education and culture are the forces of unity and reconciliation”. In her opinion, those spiritual forces can revitalise destroyed architectural objects. The peoples, who live on those lands, in turn, will play a key role in restoring the country they live in. 

Sukhrob Sharipov, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Boykov



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