By: Nadia Neophytou


United Nations (UN) secretary general Antonio Guiterres says that Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will stay on for a second term as executive director of UN Women.


South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka joined the organization, which is tasked with empowering women and encouraging gender equality, four years ago.


Under her, UN Women established the much-publicized HeForShe campaign, that engages men and boys on issues of gender equality.


UN Women has played a significant role in ensuring that women were put front and centre of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and that the responsibility of ending gender inequality became everyone’s responsibility.


She has said she wants to use the next four years to build on the momentum already achieved to put the new Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 into practice, as well as work towards implementing the 2030 Agenda with gender equality and women’s empowerment at its heart.

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