UN Women Executive Director in South Africa for the 16 Days of Activism

NEW-YORK, United-States of America, 29 November 2018,-/African Media Agency/-UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in South Africa this week for a series of high-profile events marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Today, the Executive Director participated at an event hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Foundation with the Graça Machel Trust, Kuhluka Movement and Zoleka Mandela Foundation, marking five years since the passing of Madiba and the 16 Days of Activism. The event featured keynote address by world-renowned media personality Oprah Winfrey and conversations with prominent African activists such as Josina Z Machel and Zoleka Mandela.

“Not everyone can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service,” said Oprah Winfrey in her keynote address. “Ask the question, how can I be greater than myself.”

Speaking at the event, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism, “Orange the World: #HearMeToo. “The hashtag #HearMeToo is a continuation of #MeToo,” she said. “#MeToo gave the opportunity to many women who felt they were alone to hear someone say, “Me Too”; I believe you and what you’re telling is true.” She also encouraged men to be actively involved to stop the abuse of women and girls.
 
Josina Machel, activist, survivor and step daughter of Nelson Mandela, stressed, “We need to recognize the needs and wishes of survivors of violence… people need to say, ‘I hear you, I believe you.”
 
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of UN WOMEN.
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