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“I want to change the way the world looks at itself”—Executive Director

Monday, April 1, 2019

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Unstereotype Alliance Global Member Summit in New York on 28 March 2019 More

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In her closing remarks to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "With the Agreed Conclusions you have given us the possibility to take the work forward, to make sure that we address the discrimination that may be suffered by women and girls in every part of the world, whether because they are disabled, because of their sexuality, because they are human rights activists, or because of poverty". More

Remarks by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to the International Civil Service Commission

Monday, March 25, 2019

In her remarks at the International Civil Service Commission Session, Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway asked "are we at the UN ready to take our own advice? Are we ready to turn the critical lens of equality upon ourselves?" More

“Sport is a very powerful tool for achieving gender equality”—Marta Vieira da Silva

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Remarks by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport Marta Vieira da Silva, at the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Awards on 19 March in New York. More

Opening statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, March 11, 2019

In her remarks at the opening of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for “change that lasts, and that can withstand the shocks of political climates that may be unconducive to human rights and women’s rights”. More

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on International Women’s Day in New York City

Friday, March 8, 2019

In her speech at the commemoration of International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka called for intentional innovation, multiplied so that technology can raise the voices of many more women and change their lives irreversibly. More

The UN Secretary-General’s message on International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 7, 2019

In a statement for International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says: "Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development". More

Statement: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”

Monday, March 4, 2019

In a statement for International Women’s Day, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, calls to put innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities. More

Opening Remarks to the UN Women Executive Board first regular session 2019 by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board first regular session 2019, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Together we can make the voices of women and girls vibrate everywhere ". More

Joint message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science 11 February

Thursday, February 7, 2019

In a message for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO highlight the importance of encouraging a new generation of women and girl scientists to tackle to major challenges of our time. More

Statement: Take action to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, reaffirm their commitment to end this violation of human rights. More

UN Women statement: Ensuring the protection of women human rights defenders in Nicaragua

Friday, December 21, 2018

UN Women expresses its concern in face of the acts of violence, intimidation and harassment against women human rights defenders and women’s organizations in Nicaragua. More

UN Women statement for International Migrants Day 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

International Migrants Day provides us with a chance to reflect on the positive contributions that migrant women and men, and their families make in countries of origin, transit and destination, and reaffirms the importance of ensuring that their human rights are protected and promoted at all stages of migration. More

UN Women applauds UAE President’s decision to increase Emirati women’s representation in Federal National Council to 50 per cent

Monday, December 10, 2018

UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, has warmly welcomed the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to raise the representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50 per cent. More

Statement: Speaking out and speaking up for fundamental rights and freedoms

Friday, December 7, 2018

In a statement for Human Rights Day (10 December) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN Women, says: "Let us re-affirm our commitment to a world in which human rights, and women’s rights, underpin justice, solidarity, harmony and prosperity for all". More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In her remarks at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on all members of the community, including leaders, parents and educators to say no to child marriage. More

Joint UN-AU Statement on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaїl Chergui, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka are appalled by the acts of sexual violence, including rape, committed against an estimated more than 150 women and girls recently near Bentiu in South Sudan. More

Statement by the Executive Director: Know your HIV status, make informed choices

Friday, November 30, 2018

In a statement for World AIDS Day, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, calls for strong commitments towards ending the epidemic, prioritizing the needs of young women in national HIV policies and local actions, and supporting women and girls to feel confident and empowered to demand that their HIV and other health needs are met. More

Statement by the Executive Director: Those who defend our rights in turn need our defense

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

In a statement for International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "We honour today the women whose courageous efforts—and sometimes whose lives—are given in defense of the universal human rights agenda and women’s empowerment". More

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Friday, November 23, 2018

Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. More

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