NATIONAL: (Faisal Muhammad)– South Africa’s former Deputy President and newly appointed Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has vowed to fight for women rights around the globe. After ruling roost at higher slot, she has started slugging it out focusing on developing countries where women are down and out in various sphere of life.
The newly appointed Executive Director of UN Women says the fact that the face of poverty is still that of a woman is an indictment the world.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office announced last week that South Africa’s first woman Deputy President will head the gender equality body, UN Women.
In a show of support President Jacob Zuma met Mlambo-Ngcuka in Pretoria expressing his confidence that she will do well in her post.
Mlambo-Ngcuka says some of her priorities in her new job will be women participation in economy, taking up leadership roles and education of girl children. She added that while there has been progress since the Beijing women’s conference, women in many countries are still silenced.
“The fact that the face of poverty has a woman’s face is an indictment on all of us, which is quite fundamental. The burden of women victimised in places where there is war, where ever there is war which women never cause, worst victims are women and children, that is important aspect of my work,” she says.
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