Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in South Africa this week for a series of high-profile events marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Today, the Executive Director participated at an event hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Foundation with the Graça Machel Trust, Kuhluka Movement and Zoleka Mandela Foundation, marking five years since the passing of Madiba and the 16 Days of Activism. The event featured keynote address by world-renowned media personality Oprah Winfrey and conversations with prominent African activists such as Josina Z Machel and Zoleka Mandela.
“Not everyone can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service,” said Oprah Winfrey in her keynote address. “Ask the question, how can I be greater than myself.”
“We must feel that we are standing up, that we are not defeated.”- @phumzileunwomen
Our Executive Director is at Is’thunzi Sabafazi event in South Africa. She joins @Oprah @JosinaZM and Graça Machel for a special conversation on #Mandela100. #bethelegacy #livingwithpurpose pic.twitter.com/3Qlpbq13Cn
— UN Women (@UN_Women) November 29, 2018
Speaking at the event, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism, “Orange the World: #HearMeToo. “The hashtag #HearMeToo is a continuation of #MeToo,” she said. “#MeToo gave the opportunity to many women who felt they were alone to hear someone say, “Me Too”; I believe you and what you’re telling is true.” She also encouraged men to be actively involved to stop the abuse of women and girls.
We have learnt the importance of casting the net wider. That is why we work closely with men. Men must be actively involved in changing the status quo (around women and child abuse). – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. #mandela100 #BeTheLegacy #heforshe #LivingWithPurpose
— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) November 29, 2018
Josina Machel, activist, survivor and step daughter of Nelson Mandela, stressed, “We need to recognize the needs and wishes of survivors of violence… people need to say, ‘I hear you, I believe you.”