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From where I stand: Florah Maswanganyi

29 August 2016

Florah Maswanganyi, 54, is a farmer from Giyani Village in Limpopo province, South Africa. She took part in a workshop on the effects of climate change on rural women and women smallholder farmers, which aimed to strengthen rural women’s voices in advocating for gender-sensitive climate change agreements. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka celebrates Women’s Month in South Africa

19 August 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in South Africa from 10 - 19 August for the national celebration of “Women's Month”. More

“This agenda is truly an agenda for this generation to deliver on” — Executive Director

19 August 2016

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the South Africa Women in Science Awards Gala in Johannesburg, South Africa More

UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment meets in South Africa

12 August 2016

The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, together with UN Women, Oxfam and the University of the Witwatersrand, hosted a two-day regional consultation themed “Making Economies Work for Women in the South: What Will it Take?” in Johannesburg, South Africa on 11 and 12 August. More

“We want actionable recommendations that will change systems” — Executive Director

12 August 2016

Opening remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, at the consultation event for the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment in South Africa. More

From where I stand: Lorraine Kakaza

18 July 2016

Lorraine Kakaza is a community monitor volunteer from South Africa who uses podcasts to explain how unsafe water impacts women in her community. More

South African entrepreneurs share their success stories

12 May 2016

In South Africa, business skills training provided by UN Women in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company empowers women economically. More

From where I stand: Tebogo Mashego

28 April 2016

Tebogo Mashego, 35, is an entrepreneur. She is the founder of Ditsogo Projects, a metal manufacturer and supplier of steel engineering services in Rustenburg, South Africa. More

Executive Director brings orange to the iconic Nelson Mandela bridge in South Africa

01 December 2015

On 1 December, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited her home country of South Africa, of which she is also former Deputy President.  More

Peacekeeping training for female officers extols role played by women in the military

12 October 2015

The second UN peacekeeping training for female military officers, convened by UN Women in collaboration with the South African government, concluded after two busy weeks. Held at the South African Army School's Peace Mission Training Centre in Pretoria, the training was attended by 40 female officers from 26 countries around the world. It follows a successful first pilot held in Delhi, India earlier this year. More

UN Youth Delegate wraps up cross-continental cycling journey in South Africa

11 August 2015

After travelling through 20 countries on two continents, UN Youth Delegate Jilt Van Schayik and his friend Teun Meulepas will wrap up their journey to hear what youth have to say about the post-2015 agenda. More

Biking to give youth a voice in the post-2015 roadmap

17 June 2015

From Amsterdam to Cape Town, across northern and western Europe, and along Africa’s western coast, UN Youth Delegate Jilt Van Schayik and his friend Teun Meulepas are on a journey through 20 countries to hear what youth have and want to say about the post-2015 agenda. More

Africa must rise with and through women, says UN Women Executive Director

16 June 2015

While attending the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on both the public and private sector to invest in women in order to achieve sustainable development in Africa. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director attends the African Union Summit

15 June 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is attending the 25th Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), from 14-15 June under the theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. More

Civil society dialogue heeds strong commitment to ending child marriage in Africa

15 June 2015

Linda, from Malawi, was married at the age of 12 and had a child at the age of 13. “I now have a child but I still need an education,” she said, asking governments to provide schooling and education opportunities to girls in the same situation. She spoke at the Civil Society Consultative Dialogue on Ending Child Marriage on 13 June, organized by the African Union Commission and the World YWCA, during the 25th African Union Summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7–15 June 2015. More

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to attend the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg

12 June 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will travel to Johannesburg from 14-15 June to attend the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), under the theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. More

“All the skills that I learned helped me to nearly double my profit” – South African small business owner

05 June 2015

For many in the room this may have been similar to other business breakfasts – an early start for a room full of professionals at a 5-star hotel in Cape Town. But for one person it was anything but typical. By 7 a.m. on a typical morning 40-year-old Noko Maganyele has prepared food for the day’s trade and is opening the doors of her small business in Diepsloot, a densely populated township north of Johannesburg where makeshift shacks are built on every available piece of land. More

Press Release: Facebook, UN Women help female entrepreneurs boost their businesses

02 June 2015

Facebook, in support of UN Women, is hosting a Boost Your Business workshop for women Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) owners in Cape Town today. More than 200 women entrepreneurs are attending the event at the Pepper Club Hotel, where they are networking and receiving advice on growing their businesses. They are also sharing ideas with each other on how to run a socially responsible business with gender equality and women’s empowerment at its core. More

Girls kick violence with Grassroot Soccer

02 June 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits a Primary School in Khayelitsha to see the impact of a male-founded sports-based programme which fosters girls’ empowerment and addresses violence against women. More

Coverage: Executive Director visits South Africa

01 June 2015

During a week-long mission to her native South Africa from 1-5 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit UN Women programmes in the field, take part in a joint workshop for female entrepreneurs, attend the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 – which she will co-chair this year – where she will call for a new economic agenda that works for women and benefits all, and engage with a range of stakeholders. More

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