United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following consultation with Member States, has announced the appointment of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa as Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka replaces Michelle Bachelet.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka is Founder and Executive Chairperson of Umlambo Foundation, which works in partnership with Link Community Development in South Africa and Malawi.
She brings to this position a wealth of experience in advocating for women’s issues with a combination of strategic leadership, consensus building and hands-on management experience. She was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka established Umlambo Foundation in 2008 to provide support to schools in impoverished areas in South Africa through mentorship and coaching for teachers and in Malawi through school improvements with local partners.
Steve Blunden, Link’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “On behalf of Link Community Development, I'd like to congratulate Madame Phumzile on her appointment at the UN. As a former Deputy President, a former Minister, a former teacher and a mother who has lived through the realities of South Africa's past and present, Phumzile brings a wealth of experience to this position.”
This article is based on the news release issued by the United Nations on 10 July 2013. Click here to read the full statement.