UN gender equality campaign to take centre stage at legendary Apollo Theatre

Around the world, a “pandemic of violence” and repression threatens to push back hard-won human rights for women and girls, the head of UN Women said today as she declared that the United Nations is taking its campaign to promote gender equality “outside our offices to the community and people, where it will always belong.” Read more

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Upcoming event on April 23 – Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

The Women’s International Forum is pleased to present “Forward Ever, Backward Never – Prioritizing Women in Development”   by Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women     Date:     Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 Time:     1.15 pm – 2.30 pm Venue:  UNHQ,  Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium – ENTRANCE AT 43RD STREET GATE   Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013. Having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government, private sector and civil society and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country South Africa. From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global programme for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality. Please read interview with  Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka here. Please reply to obtain a pass by one of the following methods: Online registration Leave a Voicemail: 1-212-963.3112. Please spell your name and your guest’s and leave a contact no. Please send us your cheque for guest fees ($10 per guest) to the Women’s International Forum, One UN Plaza, DC 1-0648, United Nations, New York, NY 10017. UN Security requires a list of all attendees without UN passes by April 17th 2014 at the latest. Passes should be picked up from WIF Board Members by 1.00 pm – at 43rd Street gate – on the day of the lecture on April 23rd 2014. Photo: UN Women Gallery...

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I Got Flowers Today: Ending violence against women – the missing MDG

On the occasion of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, on 11 March the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Ambassador Mayr-Harting, and the Permanent Representative of Greece, Ambassador Spinellis, hosted a reception in honour of Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights. Read more   ...

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Interview with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Interview with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was sworn in as Executive Director of UN Women on 19 August 2013, becoming the second head of an entity created in 2010 to lead the UN’s work on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Read more    

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