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New Chief for UN Women

South African politician Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka will replace Chilean presidential candidate Michele Bachelet as head of U.N. Women, U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday.

Mlambo-Nguka, former deputy president under Thabo Mbeki (2005-2008), is a known advocate for womens rights and pushed for the government’s anti-AIDS policies to expand treatment, testing and prevention programs at a time when South Africa was still struggling to admit it had a problem with the disease.She was the first African woman to hold that post. She  has also served as Deputy minister i n the department of  Trade and Industry and minister of Trade and Industry.

 

The 57-year-old “has proven to be a ground breaker and a formidable champion for women and girls,” United Nations Foundation president and CEO Kathy Calvin said in a statement.

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