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“The clear objective of our time is parity' rooted in women's empowerment” – UN chief Guterres

20 March 2017

UN Secretary-General António Guterres met with women’s rights activists attending the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women to discuss challenges, opportunities and the way forward to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment, including how the UN can deliver on its own commitments on gender equality. The town-hall style discussion was moderated by Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. More

Statement by Executive Director: “Constructive impatience for change”

13 March 2017

Opening statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women More

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to visit Sweden ahead of International Women’s Day

04 March 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Stockholm, Sweden from 5 – 6 March, ahead of International Women's Day, to discuss how to remove the persistent barriers to gender equality and ensure that women and men have the same power to shape their societies and their own lives, both at home and abroad. More

Media Advisory: International Women’s Day, 8 March

01 March 2017

International Women’s Day will be commemorated globally on 8 March, with events organized by UN Women in more than 50 countries around the globe, to galvanize attention on gender equality and women’s rights issues. This year’s theme will focus on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. More

Speech: “To leave no one behind, women and girls must be placed at the centre of efforts”

14 February 2017

"The Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 frames our aspirations. The collaborative, transparent and accelerated process of preparing the plan demonstrates how UN Women will execute its mandate within Agenda 2030." Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session for the year 2017. More

No hidden figures: success stories can help girls’ STEM careers

09 February 2017

Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February More

Speech: “As Africa, we need to be a leading positive catalyst”—Executive Director

27 January 2017

Closing remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the Africa Pre-CSW 61 Consultations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia More

Speech: “We have opportunities as much as we have challenges”—Executive Director

26 January 2017

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the closing of the 9th African Union Gender Pre-Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia More

Speech: Ensuring that the world of work works better for the women of Africa

26 January 2017

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the Africa Pre-CSW 61 Consultations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia More

Coverage: Executive Director visits Ethiopia

26 January 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Union Commission Ministerial Gender Pre-Summit, and the Africa Ministerial Pre-Consultative Meeting on CSW61. More

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to attend the Africa Union Summit in Ethiopia

24 January 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 24 – 28 January to attend the Ninth African Union Gender Pre-Summit, an annual event to take stock on progress on gender equality in the continent, and to lead the pre-CSW61 Africa Regional consultations. More

Speech: Partnerships are key to address laws that discriminate against women

18 January 2017

Remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event, “Bringing Down Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: An Economic and Business Imperative” in Geneva, Switzerland. More

UN Women Executive Director to call on businesses to power up sustainable development and women’s economic empowerment in Davos

15 January 2017

Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will travel to Davos, Switzerland for the 47th Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 17 - 21 January. At the WEF, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with leaders in government, civil society and business, to strengthen alliances to drive women’s economic empowerment and call for active engagement and leadership of business in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

UN Women Executive Director establishes her new Civil Society Advisory Group

15 December 2016

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has established her new Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) for the term 2017-2019. More

“The G7 WINDS initiative will be the wind that we all need to fly”—Executive Director

13 December 2016

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the G7 Women’s Initiative in Developing STEM Careers (WINDS) event in Tokyo, Japan on 13 December. More

“UN Women stands ready to collaborate with everyone to make the lives of women and girls better”—Executive Director

13 December 2016

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the opening of the World Assembly for Women 2016 in Tokyo, Japan More

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to attend the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo

09 December 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Tokyo, Japan from 12 – 14 December to participate in the opening session of the World Assembly for Women 2016, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

“Ending violence against women requires that key institutions work together”—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in India

08 December 2016

Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the conference, ‘We-UNiTE: Investing in Planet 50-50’ in Mumbai, India More

Press release: Spotlighting urgent need to end violence against women and girls, business leaders pledge commitment and investment

06 December 2016

UN Women and India’s IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry announce partnership to boost women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment; Gateway of India and other iconic Mumbai monuments turn orange as part of 16 Days of Activism More

“We are responsible for making our communities safe”—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

05 December 2016

[As delivered]  I would like to appreciate the presence of our many colleagues and partners here: the Honourable Governor of National Capital District Commission, the Australian High Commissioner, the New Zealand High Commissioner, the Representative of the European Union, colleagues from the United Nations, from the Australian National Committee, and our colleagues and friends from FIFA. It’s wonderful that you chose this country for this football tournament, which is so important... More

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