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Charting the future: more equal, inclusive and sustainable

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

In her remarks at the closing of the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the need to work together to continue implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and put gender perspectives centre-stage in order to build back better.

Speech: Addressing the needs and rights of at-risk and crisis-affected women and girls

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Humanitarian Donor Roundtable: Strengthening gender in humanitarian action for the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan

Women as drivers of economic recovery and resilience during COVID-19 and beyond

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

In a statement to G20 Finance Ministers ant Central Bank Governors, UN Women and Women 20 (W20) call for COVID-19 recovery plans to address women’s distinct economic roles, contributions and constraints, and put women at the centre of investment design to realize sustainable recovery.

UN Women turns 10, placing women’s rights, priorities and voices centre-stage

Thursday, July 2, 2020

In a statement on the anniversary of UN Women's creation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says , the human rights of women and girls have more prominence, universality and more urgency than ever before.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter  

Friday, June 26, 2020

In a statement released today on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter, UN Women Executive Director stressed, "The words of the Charter resonate now more strongly than ever before. They reiterate our shared work across all parts of the UN ‘to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom’. Today we in UN Women recall and recommit to those aspirations, as we build back better from the consequences of conflict and coronavirus, and engage in concerted efforts for equality and racial justice in all segments of society and in all sectors."  

Inter-Agency statement on violence against women and girls in the context of COVID-19

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In a inter-agency statement, the UN System highlights its dedication to ending violence against women and girls and emphasizes six critical areas for action.

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

Monday, June 22, 2020

In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Since the Executive Board met for the first regular session of 2020, which was on 14 February, COVID-19 has changed the world. We have responded rapidly to the demands, with agile reprioritization, enabled by the flexibility granted by our partnerships with governments, donors and the other stakeholders that we collaborate with."

Speech: “We must be united to end racism as well as gender inequality”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, at the urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest during the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council.

Including widows in the work to “build back better” from COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In a statement for International Widows Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "Widows must not be left out of our work to “build back better” from COVID-19. Let us ensure that our recovery prioritizes their unique needs and supports societies to be more inclusive, resilient and equal for all".

Unstereotype Alliance and WFA call on the ad industry to fight racism and inequality

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women and Chair of the Unstereotype Alliance and Stephan Loerke, CEO, World Federation of Advertisers and founding member of the Unstereoptype Alliance call on ad agencies to champion equality and fight racism in advertising and media.

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities, including those based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, with often-devastating impacts for LGBTIQ+ people, who are already among the most marginalized and excluded. The theme of this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia – break the silence – calls our attention to these inequalities across the world and asks us to speak out together against the discrimination, restrictions on basic freedoms, and hate that LGBTIQ+ people face in the current context and beyond.

Statement: Get girls connected for equality

Thursday, April 23, 2020

In a statement for International Girls in ICT Day Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges governments not to leave behind the millions of girls in developing countries without access to the internet and remote learning opportunities.

"Put women and girls at the centre of efforts to recover from COVID-19"—Statement by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere. But it affects different groups of people differently, deepening existing inequalities. Today we are launching a report that shows how COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights – and recommends ways to put women’s leadership and contributions at the heart of resilience and recovery.

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Monday, April 6, 2020

With 90 countries in lockdown and four billion people sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights another deadly danger growing in the shadows: Violence against women.

COVID-19: Women front and centre

Friday, March 20, 2020

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opening statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 9 March 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

In her remarks at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We have created a world where women are squeezed into just 25 percent—one quarter—of the space, both in physical decision-making rooms, and in the stories that we tell about our lives. One quarter is not enough. Only half is an equal share, and only half is enough".

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the official commemoration of International Women’s Day in New York

Friday, March 6, 2020

In her closing remarks at the UN's official commemoration for International Women's Day in New York, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Together we will build the society that we want and together we will make the changes that we want to make. It is not yet time to rest. We have a lot of work to do".

Statement for International Women’s Day by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

In her statement for International Women's Day (8 March), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls 2020 the year for gender equality and calls on everyone to tackle the persistent barriers against gender equality.

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the First Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In her closing remarks at the UN Women Executive Board first regular session of 2020, UN Women executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Now is the time for giant steps. We just cannot afford baby steps anymore. It cannot be incremental change. We want change that is fast, but also it must be change that lasts. That is the caveat."

Speech: Impatient for change: Global action for gender equality

Friday, February 14, 2020

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the first regular session 2020 of the UN Women Executive Board, 14 February 2020.

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