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Day 18, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: MAKERS Celebrates 20 Women of the 1995 UN Conference on Women

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing, we're featuring 20 incredible women on MAKERS who participated in the largest ever international gathering of women.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women since 2013.  Prior to her work at the UN, Miambo-Ngcuka served as Deputy President of South Africa, the first women to hold that position, and, at the time, the highest ranking women in South African history. Mlambo-Ngcuka was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa and served as a Member of Parliament in South Africa’s first democratic government and later in various Cabinet positions. At the helm of UN Women, she as been a powerful force in ensuring the UN’s new 15 year sustainable development goals include a commitment to gender equality by 2030.

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