Christina Asquith, Poverty, Violence, and Women: An Interview with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, The Solutions Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages 21-23 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/7055/) Abstract: A former school teacher from South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has served as the Head of UN Women since 2013. Prior to that, she was deputy president to Thabo Mbeki and the most senior female politician in South African history. Under the apartheid regime, Mlambo-Ngcuka led a gender-equality organization. This interview took place in Istanbul, Turkey during the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. A recent McKinsey report said achieving gender equality will add USD$12 trillion to global growth and the global economy, as women enter the formal economy for the first time. What issues arise for women and society when women enter into the workforce? Firstly, I think that it's important that governments, employers, and society make the adjustments for women. It's not women who must adjust to society, because it's the structure of society that makes it difficult for women to go into the labor force in large numbers. For instance, accessible, affordable childcare is probably the … Topics: Inequality; Violence; Women