Africa: New Chief of UN Women Says Girls Education Will Help End Poverty

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) (Photo Credit: Google Images)

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
(Photo Credit: Google Images)

AllAfrica.com is reporting that Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the new Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) says that ending poverty will happen when more girls receive education. Mlambo-Ngcuka was appointed to her new post in July.

The author reports:

“Facilitating access to education for women and girls is vital to lift millions out of poverty and must be a priority for Governments and international organizations, the head of the United Nations entity tasked with advancing gender equality said today.

‘Education is one of the founding services that all women and girls need to access in order for us to make a difference,'” said Mlambo-Ngcuka at her first press conference in New York City since assuming her role as Executive Director.

Mlbambo-Ngcuka has established a goal to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. She also wants to reduce the number of girls that drop out of school, reinforce reproductive health rights and raise $100 million from various stakeholders.

Read more at AllAfrica.com.

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