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  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

    The writer is an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of UN Women.

  • End rape—an intolerable cost to society

    If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape. That means a significant weapon of war gone from the arsenal of conflict, the absence of a daily risk assessment for girls and women in public and private spaces, the removal of a violent assertion of power, and a far-reaching shift for our society.
  • Homes for equality in a changing world

    What’s a family? Classically, we think of a mother, a father and the children. The father goes out to work, the mother takes care of the children, maybe she works part time, at home or close to home so she can be there when the children get back from school. It’s a common formula in advertising, movies and the media. It’s the pattern of romance plots, the story of song lyrics, the image for illustrations in schoolbooks. It’s comforting, stable, predictable. And it’s wrong, for the majority of families in the world.
  • Good men should not be quiet spectators

    As the crowd builds of those telling their story, we see a picture of real life begin to emerge. A critical mass is growing that proves how much goes wrong when people can act with impunity in a culture of silence.
  • No hidden figures: Success stories can help girls' STEM careers

    What makes a young girl believe she is less intelligent and capable than a boy? And what happens when those children face the "hard" subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?
  • Why gender equality is the most critical of all the global goals

    At the end of this month, thousands of representatives from all over the world will gather in New York. They will witness the launch of the most ambitious universal effort since the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.