Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the United Nations undersecretary-general and executive director of U.N. Women since August 2013. 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 of South Africa. Since 2005, she served as 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.

Latest Articles

The complex solutions for preventing gender violence
25 Nov 2015

Violence against women is not acceptable, nor inevitable and it can be prevented, writes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, undersecretary-general and executive director of U.N. Women, in this commentary to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Turn words into action involving women for lasting peace
12 Oct 2015

Where conflict-affected communities target women's empowerment, they experience the most rapid economic recovery and poverty reduction, writes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women in this guest commentary.

It's time to step up for gender equality
6 Mar 2015

On the occasion of Sunday's International Women's Day, U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka takes a look at the mixed progress since the 1995 Beijing Conference and asks for bold steps to accelerate change in the lives of women and girls.

Empowering women, empowering humanity — picture it!
20 May 2014

While much progress has been made in the past two decades, no country can claim to have achieved equality between men and women. In this guest opinion, U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka explains why it's time for the world to come together again and complete this journey.

The SHE imperative
2 Apr 2014

A new vision for empowering women and girls — and an exclusive guest commentary by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of U.N. Women.