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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women. She has devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa. From 2005 to 2008, she served as the first woman Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programs to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government. In 2014, she launched HeForShe, a global effort to engage men and boys in removing the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential, and thus together positively reshaping society. In 2016, she delivered a Presidential Lecture on gender equality at Stony Brook University, an Impact Champion for the HeForShe solidarity movement.

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