Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.

In the nineteenth century, people around the world fought and defeated slavery. In the twentieth century, the struggle against racism and colonialism awoke the world’s conscience again. The great challenge of the twenty-first century is embodied in the struggle against sexism, gender-based violence and all forms of oppression of women.

Thanks to the determined contribution and vision of pioneering women (and men) throughout its history, gender equality and women’s human rights have always been central to the three pillars of the work of the United Nations: peace and security, development, and human rights.