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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".

Op-ed: It is time for action! Uniting for Africa’s transformation

Monday, March 9, 2020

In a joint op-ed, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde call to support African women in taking their rightful place in the next chapter of the continent and building a future where women and girls can live out their lives freely, in purpose and happiness.

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".

UN Women Executive Director attends the UN Human Rights Council

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Human Rights Council marked the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action with a high-level panel discussion during its high-level segment on Tuesday the 25 February.

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.

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Thursday, February 6, 2020

On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on everyone to harness the power of innovation and technology as drivers of change, and work together to empower all women and girls across the science fields. 

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia to attend World Economic Forum

Monday, January 20, 2020

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia will participate at the 2020 Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum from 21 to 24 January in Davos, Switzerland. They will meet with the world’s top academics, politicians, business and civil society leaders to discuss gender-responsive solutions to today’s global challenges.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Official Commemoration in New York

Monday, November 25, 2019

In her remarks on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on everyone to make sure that we do not turn our backs on the millions of women and girls whose lives have been forever changed by rape and gender-based violence.

UN Women Executive Director’s Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

In her message for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape".

UN Women Executive Director visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 3-6 November to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support the country in its efforts to advance gender equality and the women and girls’ empowerment.

UN Women Executive Director kicks off the UNiTE campaign to end gender-based violence during the UN Trust Fund to end Violence Against Women grantee Convention

Monday, November 4, 2019

At the first ever grantee Convention of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), UN Women today kicked off its annual activities for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to end Violence against Women campaign in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In her remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Progress is too slow, political will is not strong enough, and pushback against the needs and interests of women is threatening the progress we have made and pushing further away those who need the resolve and support most".

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Ethiopia

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is on a joint visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 October, together with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. This will be the Executive Director’s first official country visit to Ethiopia, and the first official visit to Africa for President Niinistö.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day of Rural Women

Monday, October 14, 2019

The lives and livelihoods of rural women and girls, including indigenous women and girls, are deeply affected by industrial agriculture, extractive industries, and dependency on fossil fuels. The dire consequences of these have been unequivocally demonstrated in the past decades, affecting economies, societies, cultures, and the global environment and climate.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl, 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In her statement for International Day of the Girl on 11 October, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stands with young women and girls around the world who are asserting their rights and calling for the future they want

Chapter by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for Lumos: Gender-Based Discrimination as a Driver for the Institutionalization of Children

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

First published in Lumos’ publication,  A Goal Within Reach: Ending the Institutionalization of Children to Ensure No One is Left Behind , September 2019. At Makola Market in Ghana , women traders and vendors are proving that childcare services designed for and managed by the workers themselves have the potential to change women's and families lives. Photo: UN Women/Ruth McDowall Many children living in orphanages or other institutions worldwide are there...

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event Gender Equality: from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum on the margins of the 74th UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

In her remarks at the event Gender Equality:from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said "We have to make sure that we do not betray the struggles of the women who brought us this far and the future of those who are dependent on us today and tomorrow".

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