New Director of UN Women
Some were wondering how we could ever replace Michele Bachelet of Chile, as head of UN Women (the organization leading the UN’s work on advancing gender equity and women’s rights). We were happy to hear that another woman from the global south was chosen. On July 10 Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa was named to this important post. She has extensive political experience (e.g. as the first woman Deputy President of South Africa and as a member of parliament), and she has a wealth of experience in advocating for women’s issues with a combination of leadership, consensus building, and hands-on management skills. She is especially interested in education for women and girls. We wish her well!