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UN Women and partners encourage feminist activism in South Africa

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A high-level forum held yesterday in South Africa has urged the role of feminist civic activism, youth and social movements in strengthening democracy, gender equality and sustainable development. More

Statement: UN Women applauds historic advances towards gender parity in the Mexican Congress

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director More

Speech: Making women unstoppable

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Speech by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director during her first official visit to Senegal. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Senegal

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka started her first official visit to Senegal on 23 July. In her meetings with the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, and key government representatives, civil society partners and international development actors, the Executive Director stressed upon accelerating women’s access to resources, skills and the formal employment sector, as well as their right to equal participation in decision-making. More

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad

Monday, July 9, 2018

Halima Yakoy Adam won’t forget 22nd December in 2015, the day she was supposed to carry out a suicide bomb attack in the Lac Region town of Bol, 200 km north of N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, in Central Africa. More

Blog: At this year’s HLPF, let’s not forget that gender equality is central to achieving all the goals

Friday, July 6, 2018

The transformation to sustainable and resilient societies can only happen when every woman and girl is afforded the same rights and opportunities as men and boys. But, across countries, the reality is one of deeply rooted gender bias, which compromises the principle of equality and human progress through dignity and respect for our planet, which are the bedrock of sustainable development. More

UN Women Executive Director to join UN Deputy Secretary-General for a high-level visit to South Sudan, Chad and Niger

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations will travel to South Sudan, Chad and Niger, starting 3 July, in a joint visit with the African Union and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms. Margot Wallström.  She will also be accompanied on different legs of the trip by the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and other heads of agencies. More

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Widows’ Day, June 23, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018

On the occasion of International Widows’ Day, we must consider both the vital role widows play in our society, the ways in which gender inequality impacts their ability to thrive on their own, and the specific recognition and attention that they need from all of us. More

Unstereotype Alliance celebrates its first anniversary and launches new report ‘Unstereotype: Beyond Gender. The Invisible Stereotypes’

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Unstereotype Alliance, an industry-led initiative convened by UN Women to end harmful stereotypes often perpetuated through advertising, celebrates major achievements on its first anniversary at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. More

Opening Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"On 31 May, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution on the re-positioning of the UN Development System. Thank you to many of you who helped to make that possible. I particularly also want to thank the Permanent Representative of Denmark who also played a significant role, and who I think is with us in the house today... UN Women fully supports this bold new agenda, which must work for women and girls so that we achieve gender equality by 2030 in as many countries as possible and leave no one behind."—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session 2018 We are actively engaged in the transition led by the Deputy Secretary-General and as part of the UN Sustainable Development Group. More

Op-ed: We have told G7 leaders to make gender inequality and patriarchy history

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

For most people, the annual G7 meeting may just seem like an expensive photo-op that doesn’t connect with any concrete change in people’s lives. But for us, appointed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit on his G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, it was a unique opportunity to push for strong commitments for girls’ and women’s rights. More

Op ed: What we can do to empower women in the workplace

Friday, June 8, 2018

“How to improve gender equality in the workplace” reached Google’s top five searches around gender equality in the last year. Interest in women’s rights is at an all-time high: this is a powerful moment to drive for change. Women have tremendous potential to transform our economies, societies and businesses. Research from Citi shows that reducing gender inequalities in the workplace over the next two decades could add around 6% to GDP in advanced economies. That makes empowering women in the workplace both a priority issue of rights and a powerful economic lever. More

Gender Equality Advisory Council to G7 calls for bold actions and investments to advance women's empowerment

Friday, June 8, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada, on 8 June, as part of the Gender Equality Advisory Council to present their recommendations to G7 leaders. More

Op-ed: The Spotlight Initiative: Eliminating violence and harmful practices against women and girls

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women; Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Population Fund; and Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme More

Coverage: UN Women at the European Development Days

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

UN Women, with a delegation led by its Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, are taking part in the  European Development Days , Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development, from 5-6 June in Brussels. The event gathers every year more than 6,000 participants from over 140 countries. The overarching theme of the 12 edition of the forum will be "Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest". More

Announcer: Gender equality takes centre stage at Europe’s leading forum on development

Monday, June 4, 2018

UN Women, with a delegation led by its Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will take part this week in the European Development Days, Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development, from 5-6 June in Brussels. More

Op-ed: Women and the future of work

Monday, June 4, 2018

By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women More

High-level Group on Justice for Women meets in The Hague

Friday, June 1, 2018

The inaugural meeting of the High-level Group on Justice for Women took place in The Hague from 28 – 29 May. More

Speech: Winning the fight for equality with the whole of society

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Tribeca Talks – Times up event in New York City More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation

Monday, April 30, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia More

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