Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: UN bosslady, seriously cool with doctorate in mobile tech

ALEC HOGG:  I’m with the former Deputy President of South Africa and now, driving the UN’s gender equality agenda around the world – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.   Phumzile, it’s interesting.  We’ve just finished a session here where your frustration at progress was quite apparent.

PHUMZILE MLAMBO-NGCUKA:  Yes, because we have such great opportunity now.  One of the things that has happened in the last 15 years is that data collection has improved a lot, so we are able to measure progress.  We are also able to see gaps, and what it is that we could do to close those gaps.  I am hoping that as we adopt the new goals – the sustainable development goals – that we would actually, use that knowledge to improve our implementation.  In addition, the challenge of the Millennium Development Goals was the funding of the commitments that were made by Government – same thing about the Beijing Declaration.  Government created structures such as the concept of women’s ministries and gender commissions but in all countries, the women ministry is the ‘less funded’ and the less prestigious ministry.

Therefore, that does not assist those people who are deployed to work there, to do the kind of work that they’re supposed to do.  It’s a huge mandate with a very small budget.  Again, improving the investment on gender equality is important as well as ensuring that in every other area – we’re just not ticking the box.  In education, which is where there’s a bigger commitment and a passion by governments…  Where we are making mistakes in education is not from lack of trying.  In health as well, governments are making it much harder.  We’re failing people in the economy.

ALEC HOGG:  You also had good things about Rwanda, not just because President Paul Kagame was with you.  They’ve done excellent progress in representation.

PHUMZILE MLAMBO-NGCUKA:  Leadership has been very, very important.  In many other countries where the leader embraces gender equality and ensures that they pay attention to how implementation of the past laws is being achieved, and where they engage with ministers.  I have been a minister.  When the President wants it done, you know it and you get it done.  You therefore do need this leadership and that is why it’s important when we talk about gender equality; not just to think about the women and the women’s movement as the only people with the responsibility.  It is a societal responsibility but more than anything else, leaders are there to protect citizens.  Leaders are there to protect their people’s human rights.  Women’s rights are human rights.

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