• #MeToo Must Include All Women: A Chat With UN Women’s Director

    by  • November 24, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 1 Comment

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a South African and the executive director of UN Women. Powerful men who have been abusing women, exposed in the #MeToo movement, have been doing it, she said in an interview with PassBlue, “because there was no consequence.” RYAN BROWN/UN WOMEN

    November 25 marks the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which encompasses 16 days of activism through Dec. 10, with this year’s theme being “leave no one behind.”

    The annual commemoration couldn’t be better timed this year, coinciding with the #MeToo movement reverberating across the United States — and far beyond — that is still rattling Hollywood, Capitol Hill and corporate offices with new allegations of sexual assault almost daily.

    To honor the international day to eliminate violence against women — violence in its blatant and subtle forms — PassBlue’s Kacie Candela chats with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women, about championing marginalized women especially on this day; the takeaway from #MeToo; and why the United Nations is not immune from gender-based violence in the workplace, either.

    “If you see how many people, each one of them has violated, it tells us that they have been doing it because they can,” Mlambo- Ngcuka said. “Because there was no consequence.”

    To listen to the podcast, click here.

    We look forward to hearing your response from this interview by leaving a comment or sending your comment to passblue1@gmail.com.


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    Kacie Candela


    Kacie Candela is an assistant editor for PassBlue and a news anchor and reporter with WFUV, a public radio station in the Bronx, N.Y., where she covers the UN and other beats. Her work has won various awards from the New York State Associated Press Association, New York State Broadcasters Association, PRNDI, and the Alliance for Women in Media.

    One Response to #MeToo Must Include All Women: A Chat With UN Women’s Director

    1. PassBlue
      November 25, 2017 at 8:59 am

      How many victims of silence there are, and at what cost! Silence has its
      laws and its demands… Silence demands that its enemies disappear suddenly
      and without a trace. Silence prefers that no voice of complaint or protest
      or indignation disturb its calm. And when such a voice is heard, silence
      strikes with all its might to restore the status quo ante – the state of
      silence. Ryszard Kapuscmski in The Soccer War

      25 November is the UN-proclaimed International Day for the Elimination of
      Violence Against Women. Violence against women is a year-round occurrence
      and continues to an alarming degree. Violence against women is an attack
      upon their bodily integrity and their dignity. We need to place an emphasis

      Rene Wadlow

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