UNITED NATIONS, Former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has been re-appointed Executive Director of United Nations Women.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sain a statement here Monday that Mlambo-Ngcuka had played an integral role in ensuring that women were put front and centre of the UN’s Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and had been influential in transforming conversations on important issues affecting women.
She will serve for a second four-year term.
Before joining UN-Women, she worked with women and girls in different capacities in civil society and as a public representative, focusing on political and economic rights as well as girls’ education.
Her experience includes promoting gender equality for women in both the private and the public sectors and involvements in her country’s struggle against Apartheid. As World YWCA co-ordinator for young women’s programmes she has worked with young women all over the world.
Mlambo-Ngcuka was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa (2005-2008). She initially became a member of parliament (1994) chairing the Public Service Portfolio Committee.
She was Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry (1996-1999), Minister of Minerals and Energy (1999-2005) and briefly served as acting Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (2004).
In all her portfolios, she was actively involved in policy and legislation that impacted positively on the lives of women and girls.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK