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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

UN Under-Secretary-General

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women executive director.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
7 Mar 2020

2020 set to be a crucial year for women's rights

2020 is a big year for gender equality. And the benefits of gender equality are not just for women and girls, but for everyone whose lives will be changed by a fairer world that leaves no one behind. It's the year for what we call "Generation Equality". With the leadership of civil society, we're mobilising to realise women's rights and to mark 25 years of implementing the Beijing Platform for Action.

7 Mar 2020 1
25 Nov 2017

Tweet to end abuse

The initial response to the outpouring of #MeToo around the world has been of outrage at the scale of sexual abuse and violence revealed. The millions of people joining the hashtag tide showed us how little they were heard before. They poured through the floodgates, opening up conversations, naming names and bolstering the frailty of individual statements with the robustness of a movement.

25 Nov 2017
30 Oct 2017

The #MeToo tweets

This virtual march of solidarity marks both the urgency of finding a shared voice and the hidden scale of assault that did not previously have a register.

30 Oct 2017
The #MeToo tweets
28 Nov 2016

The cost of violence

Women and girls who experience violence lose their dignity, they live in fear and pain, and in the worst cases they pay with their lives.

28 Nov 2016
The cost of violence
26 Nov 2015

Preventing violence against women

If we governments, civil society, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals all work together, we will achieve a more equal world.

26 Nov 2015
12 Oct 2015

Why accords fail without women

We have recently celebrated the peace deal struck between the government in Colombia and the main rebel group. The deal represents the clearest sign yet of a possible end to five decades of conflict. Less is said about the multiple constructive ways in which Colombian women have participated in these negotiations or mobilised for peace, including the many meetings held by women survivors with the women in both negotiating teams.

12 Oct 2015