New U.N. Women Head, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Discusses Her New Role

“Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former South African deputy president, has been appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the head of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as U.N. Women,” and she discusses her new role in an interview with Al Jazeera. Mlambo-Ngcuka says human rights tops the agenda for issues facing women, and she “would like to take this work to a much larger constituency so the work of the woman is embraced by a larger constituency, beyond the traditional constituency for women,” according to the interview transcript. She talks about regional context for improving women’s rights, as well as addressing violence against women, Al Jazeera notes (Kharsany, 7/14).

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