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It’s been 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap that set the agenda for realizing women’s rights, was signed by 189 governments.

In this op-ed for International Women’s Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka takes a look at the mixed progress since the 1995 Beijing Conference and asks for

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a veteran feminist activist and politician was appointed Wednesday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the new executive director of UN Entity for Gender Equality and