UN Women bids farewell to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka


8 years of Achievements for  UN Women under Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's leadership

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka completed her second and last term as United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on 17 August 2021, after eight years at the helm of the organization. 

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka joined UN Women as Executive Director in 2013, when the Entity was just two years old. Under her leadership, UN Women significantly increased its influence within and outside the UN system, expanded its partnerships, achieved more focused impact at scale, and more than doubled in size and revenue.

Women’s voices on and offline have been raised in unprecedented scale and with impact on issues central to equality and empowerment, as have those of a broadened range of allies and advocates. In addition to her unwavering support for civil society and women’s organizations, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka brought in new advocates with emphasis on engaging youth, men and boys, traditional and cultural leaders, the private sector, philanthropies and the world of sport. She was also a strong supporter of a more coherent, accountable and coordinated UN system, working together to achieve gender equality.

As UN Women bids farewell to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, partners and friends from around the world joined in to celebrate her as a champion of gender equality.