The Guardian Profiles New Head Of U.N. Women

The Guardian profiles Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, formerly the deputy president of South Africa, who “takes the helm next month at U.N. Women, a three-year-old agency still striving for enough funds, recognition and a chance to make its mark.” Mlambo-Ngcuka “replaces Michelle Bachelet, who resigned in March to run for another term as president of Chile, at a time when some perceive a global backlash against women’s rights,” the newspaper writes, adding, “Mlambo-Ngcuka arrives at the U.N. as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) near their culmination and debate begins in earnest on [the] development agenda after 2015 when the MDGs expire.” The Guardian quotes Mlambo-Ngcuka on a number of issues facing women today — including gender-based violence, cybercrime-related gender-based violations, and child marriage — as well as on the post-2015 agenda and the role of U.N. Women in reaching gender equality (Smith, 7/30).