Secretary-General appoints new head of UN Women

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa as Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

She replaces Ms. Michelle Bachelet, who spearheaded the Organization's work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels.

The new Executive Director brings to the position a wealth of experience in advocating for women's issues, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

She has extensive experience in strategic leadership, consensus building and hands-on management.

In addition, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008.

She has also held a number of additional national positions, including Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999 and Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005.

Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka holds a Masters of Philosophy in Educational Planning and Policy from the University of Cape Town and a BA in Education from the University of Lesotho. In 2003, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Cape.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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