After a much anticipated wait, the new Executive Director of UN Women has been chosen. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of South African politician Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as the new head last Wednesday, succeeding former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s accomplishments are vast and remarkable; from 1984 to 1986 she was the Young Women’s Coordinator for the World Young Women’s Christian Association in Geneva and served as the first President of the Natal Organization of Women. She has gone on to have a fulfilling political career becoming a member of parliament in 1994 she has risen to be the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008. This is only to name a few achievements, a further biography of Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka can be found at the UN Women website.
While we look forward to seeing what the UN Women new head’s ideas and actions, it comes as a surprise that no information was released about this particular candidate, both Global Memo and AWID raise valuable concerns regarding the importance of transparency in such elections.
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka discussions on her new role can be found at Al Jazeera website.