Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is visiting Argentina from 2 to 5 October, where she will take part in a series of high-level events and meet key government officials, civil society and women’s groups, private sector representatives and other development partners.
One of the highlights of her first official visit to the country is her participation at the Women 20 (W20) International Summit in Buenos Aires, which will discuss labour, digital and financial inclusion of women, as well as rural women’s development. W20 is the official G20 engagement group, comprised of a transnational network of women’s organizations, female entrepreneurs’ associations and think tanks.
In her meetings with civil society and women’s groups, the Executive Director will recognize and celebrate the catalytic role that they have played in shaping the narrative on gender equality and women’s rights and discuss emerging challenges in the region.
She will also take this opportunity to inaugurate UN Women’s office in Buenos Aires and launch two programmes—the joint UN Women and International Labour Organization (ILO) initiative, “Win-Win Programme”, which engages local private companies to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of the women; and the EU-UN “Spotlight Initiative” to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, which in Latin America focuses on domestic and family violence, sexual and gender-based violence, harmful practices and feminicide/femicide.