Former deputy-president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has received the 2019 Cannes LionHeart award for making a significant difference in the world. The current UN under-secretary general has been recognised for advocating women, human rights and social justice on a global scale.
The Cannes LionHeart honourary award has been presented to Mzansi's own Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
The former deputy-president, who served during Thabo Mbeki's presidency, has been awarded the recognition for her work in women's rights, human rights and social justice around the world and for leading The Unsterotype Alliance, a diversity initiative.
In a statement, the United Nations commented on why they had awarded the honour to the current UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women:
"Throughout her career, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has championed women’s rights through her involvement with projects and programmes devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality and in 2018 was named by Apolitical as one of the most influential people in gender policy around the world. Her work spans the private sector, civil society and government."
IOL reports that Mlambo-Ngcuka's leadership of the Unsterotype Alliance has recognised the power partnerships have in fast-tracking progress, with her involvement lauded as pivotal to creating a space where industry unites for a common cause.
Mlambo-Ngcuka says that it is an honor to be nominated and that she looks forward to her continued work in changing the way "the 'world looks at itself" and disrupting social norms that hinder this progress.
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