From the National Organization of Women to the YMCA to the UN, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has made it her mission in life to fight racism and sexism. In this week’s episode, Phumzile shares her journey through her early activism against apartheid to her true dedication of bringing about gender equality into the world.
Being At The Table means:
“Firstly, you make your presence felt. I'm not talking about being arrogant, but I also think that you must insist to get your fair share. You have to make sure that people do not forget where they saw that, and when at the end of the meeting, when we are summarizing and following up, one of your ideas must be one of those.” - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Highlights from the Conversation:
• Feeling cautiously optimistic while celebrating the female unsung heroes in South Africa
• How apartheid shaped her determination to facilitate education especially amongst women
• The risks of being an activist in South Africa
• Smuggling political activist messages on tissue paper
• Running for president of the National Organization of Women at the age of 22
• Fighting for women around the world as the Global Youth Coordinator for the YWCA
• The importance of solidarity in activism
• The anonymity of social media on racism and sexism
• Why women’s education and leadership is so critical
• What we need to create gender equality in the world
• And More…
About the Guest:
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the Executive Director of UN Women, and was a member of South Africa’s first democratic government, including serving as Deputy President from 2005 to 2008. At UN Women she has led innovative initiatives including the HeForShe movement and the UnStereotype Alliance, and in 2018 and 2019 was named as one of the most influential persons in gender policy.
Learn more about Phumzile and what she does at:
About the Host:
Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate.
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