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UN Women Executive Director Speaks at 5by20 Event in South Africa

During a week-long mission to her native South Africa from June 1-15, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited UN Women programs in the field, took part in a joint workshop for female entrepreneurs, and attended the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 – which she co-chaired this year – where she called for a new economic agenda that works for women and benefits all, and engaged with a range of stakeholders. Read more.

On the final day of the WEF 2015, Mlambo-Ngcuka gave a press briefing for international media, alongside Oxfam and Amnesty international and discussed “Gender Parity in Africa” as a panelist at an issue briefing. Watch the webcast of the issue briefing here.

Also on the final day of her mission, Mlambo-Ngcuka spoke at a special side event at the WEF on “Empowering Women through Partnerships,” hosted by The Coca-Cola Company. It focused on its 5by20 initiative, which seeks to empower 5 million women by 2020. The event featured insights from UN Women and other partners on empowering women through partnerships, as well as the inspirational personal story of a 5by20 entrepreneur on how skills training helped her grow her business and strengthen her community.

Read more about her story and the event here.