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In this op-ed for International Women’s Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka looks at the mixed progress since the 1995 Beijing Conference. She urges for recommitment and an end point to achieving gender equality with substantial action now, and full equality before 2030.
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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has devoted her life to issues of human rights, equality and social justice and previously served as Deputy President of South Africa. In this message, she stresses that violence against women can and must end by addressing its root cause – gender inequality. She calls for greater mobilization to address the pandemic on many levels, from increasing access to services for survivors of violence to engaging all segments of society to shift cultural mindsets. This includes, for instance, getting men to stand up on the issue through UN Women’s #HeForShe campaign.
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Through an event incorporating words, music and other artistic expression at the Teatro Arlequín de Casa Ensamble, the United Nations in kicked off the Beijing+20 campaign in Colombia. Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the campaign launch was jointly hosted by UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNFPA, and brought together 230 people, including members of the local and national government, civil society representatives and the international community in Colombia.