Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Celebrates Progress

14. 07. 10

"In curating this exhibition, I focused on the stories of women who are speaking out, making change and showing us that progress is possible."

For our very last curator in 2014's Curating Change series, we are honored to welcome Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the CEO of UN Women, to the project. Phumzile is a powerhouse of an activist who has dedicated her career to issues of human rights and social justice. She played an active role in the fight against apartheid in her home country of South Africa and later became Deputy President of South Africa,...

the highest-ranking woman in the nation's history. She is affiliated with various organizations working to promote human rights, and now focuses specifically on women's human rights in her role at UN Women. 

Phumzile joins a group of inspiring women for Curating Change 2014, which showcases a lineup of all-star guest curators and their favorite stories from IMOW's past archives. Hear from incredible women thought-leaders, artists, and activists as they share themes that resonate with them.

Reflecting on how far the women's human rights movement has come in the 20 years since the first Beijing Women's Conference, Phumzile chose to focus on Progress for her curation. She selected pieces that show how the movement has successfully empowered women to pursue their passions, becoming entrepreneurs, artists, students and more. Reading through her selection, you will learn about one organization's creative campaign to end domestic violence and another group's alternative approach to education for women. Listen to one woman's poetic assertion of her strength in the face of oppression, and read about how micro-finance supports low-income women in Bolivia. No matter where you start, these pieces are sure to leave you feeling inspired by what we have accomplished, and excited about the work we have left to do.

Once you've seen Phumzile's curation, take a peek at our other guest curators for Curating Change 2014, Jessica Jackley, Amina Doherty, Helene GayleElizabeth GoreJennifer Siebel Newsom, Nilofer Merchant and Sokari Douglas Camp.

We invite you to "Like" your favorite curator's selections, leave comments, share your favorite stories, and Take Action by engaging with the causes and organizations our guest curators support. Also, take a moment to learn more about us and our merger with Global Fund for Women.