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Opening Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2021, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world on the way to the Generation Equality Forum”

Monday, March 8, 2021

In her remarks at the United Nations commemoration of International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "we stand at a crossroads as we ponder the recovery from a pandemic that has had a disproportionate impact on women and girls. We also face the challenge of the underrepresentation of women in key institutions, some of which will be responsible for the recovery".

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on International Women’s Day 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

In her statement for International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Directory Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all."

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 16, 2021

In her closing remarks at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2021, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need to make sure that these large numbers of women, who we have all said are disproportionally affected, are not forgotten."

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 First Regular Session 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2021, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need bold and ambitious change here. The pandemic must not in any way hinder the bold action needed for addressing gender equality. "

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the virtual launch event for “Citizens Call for A Gender-Equal World: A Roadmap for Action”, a public perception survey in 17 countries by Women Deliver & Focus 2030

Friday, January 29, 2021

In her remarks at the launch event for “Citizens Call for A Gender-Equal World: A Roadmap for Action”, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for "targeted interventions that will have an impact on women and girls".

Tribute to Margaret C. (Peg) Snyder by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Yesterday the world lost a founding figure and a pathfinder in the work for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Referred to as the ‘UN’s First Feminist’, Peg Snyder had a distinguished career at the United Nations, as well as being an author, international expert on girls and women in the economic development of Africa, and academic, with positions including at Syracuse University and Princeton University, and as a Fulbright scholar in Uganda.

Op-ed: Women working on the front line

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

By taking a gender-focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic, G7 leaders have a rare opportunity not only to mitigate its impact, but to build back better, writes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, under-secretary-general, United Nations, and executive director, UN Women

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security, Strengthening Women’s Role in Building and Sustaining Peace: From Commitments to Results, in Viet Nam

Thursday, December 10, 2020

In her opening remarks at the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security, Strengthening Women’s Role in Building and Sustaining Peace: From Commitments to Results, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called to take stock of what has been achieved and assess where we are falling short in order to set us on the right path for Generation Equality and the women, peace and security agenda.

Joint statement by Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-general of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Secretary General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women emphasize the need for collective action for gender equality and against the pandemic of violence against women and the denial of their rights.

Addressing the economic fallout of COVID-19: Pathways and policy options for a gender-responsive recovery

Monday, November 23, 2020

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges G20 leaders to take this opportunity to rebuild better, creating sustainable economies and reducing inequalities between and within countries.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Monday, November 23, 2020

In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "As we face COVID-19’s devastation, there has never been a more important moment to resolve to put our combined resources and commitment behind the biggest issues, and to end violence against women and girls, for good."

UN Women Executive Director appeals to governments worldwide to take action to end violence against women and girls

Monday, November 16, 2020

In a letter addressed to Member States of the United Nations and the Head of Delegation of the European Union, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged Heads of State/Governments worldwide to take tangible actions and express their commitments to end violence against women, on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December).

Statement to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Thursday, October 29, 2020

At the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka presented the Secretary-General’s report on women, peace and security on the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325.

Op-ed: How to build a more equal world

Monday, October 26, 2020

Like other global crises, the pandemic disproportionately affects women. It shows that nothing less than urgent, radical, transformative action is needed to create a post-COVID-19 world that empowers all women and girls

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality event

Thursday, October 15, 2020

In a speech at the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality event, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of sport in showcasing the strength and leadership of women and girls, both on the field.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day of Rural Women

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19.

Letter from UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to her 15-year-old self

Sunday, October 11, 2020

For International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells her 15-year-old self: "The best way to prepare for your future in the world is showing up in the fights for good causes and doing your best.".

International Day of Rural Women theme: “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19”

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

This year on International Day of Rural Women (15 October), the spotlight is on the urgent need for Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19, for “building back better” by strengthening rural women’s sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of the High-Level Meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, 1 October 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

In her remarks at the High-Level Meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: " The future needs a meaningful intergenerational engagement with all races, genders, and people of different abilities, so that everywhere in the world, a 10 year-old girl in 2020 will be a thriving young woman in 2030."

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, at the high-level side event of the UN General Assembly, “Gender-Based Violence in a COVID-19 context – activating collective responses, innovative partnerships and proven policies”

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

In her remarks at the “Gender-Based Violence in a COVID-19 context – activating collective responses, innovative partnerships and proven policies” event, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "The pandemic has forced us all to think differently and re-build better and that is now what we need to spell out in much more detail. What does it mean to build back better in the context of violence against women, for instance?"

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