PHUMZILE MLAMBO NGCUKA
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Statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November
I was born in South Africa, in Durban. My mother was a community health nurse, specializing in family planning. She understood that women's health is vital to the health of the entire society. She was determined to make a difference and express her opinion, and she was my first exposure to activism.