UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, today announced the appointment of actor-filmmaker-singer Farhan Akhtar as its South Asia Goodwill Ambassador. Farhan is the first man to be chosen as a Goodwill Ambassador in the organization’s history.
Shihore, Gujarat — Music, dance and more than 500 rural women greeted UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as she entered the Town Hall of Shihore, a village block in the western state of Gujarat, on her second day in India. An “information fair” bringing together local women and their elected leaders, was the backdrop of the event, where community members shared their experiences of using technology to catalyse change.
On Saturday at a packed gathering in south Delhi, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka started her first day in India with a meeting with community members. At an interactive discussion hosted by UN Women’s NGO partner Jagori, she heard first hand from women and girls and boys on interventions that are working at the grassroots level in India’s capital city to ensure women’s safety in public spaces, which advance mobility and protection from sexual harassment.
Starting on 8 November, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will travel to India on her first visit to the sub-continent as the head of UN Women. She is the first high-level UN official to visit India since the formation of a new government led by Narendra Modi in May this year.