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United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women | UN Women

Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She 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. She was a member of South Africa’s first democratic government and served as Deputy President from 2005 to 2008, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor. At UN Women she has led innovative initiatives including the HeForShe movement and the Unstereotype Alliance, and in 2018 and 2019 was named as one of the most influential persons in gender policy. 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.

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