Event Date: April 12, 2017
Nothing for Women Without Women: Raising Voices for Change
A Discussion with: Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will join Dr. Jeni Klugman in a lively conversation on some of the leading barriers for women in a changing world of work. This will be a chance to examine issues of gender equality in both the public and private spheres, to identify the major factors driving and stalling progress towards women’s economic empowerment, and to exchange ideas on effective actions for change. The audience will have the opportunity to put questions to one of the most influential senior African woman leaders and global women’s advocate. Hosted by SAIS International Development Program and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:30-1:45 PM
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She has devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa. From 2005 to 2008, 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. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government. Dr. 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 program for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
She completed her PhD on education and technology at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
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