SA women are making it happen for the continent

2014-02-02 14:00

Three women who served together on former president Thabo Mbeki’s Cabinet are using their networks to make things happen for other women in Africa.

Former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, now under-Secretary General for UN Women, arrived at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa on Friday to sign an agreement on gender with AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was foreign minister under Mbeki.

“We are signing a memorandum of understanding with Dlamini-Zuma seconding a gender expert to the AU to help advise in peacemaking efforts,” she said.

Issues like sexual violence and the rebuilding of conflict-torn countries have to be addressed when talking about peace and security, she said.

Mlambo-Ngcuka said she used her networks to collaborate with Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, now with the African Development Bank, but who previously served as public service and administration minister.

“She delivered the bank,” she said.

Mlambo-Ngcuka is aware that other countries have complained about South Africans ganging up in the AU, but says “we are working for the good of the continent”.

She said working for UN Women was tough as it meant doing the same work she did in South Africa, but for all the countries in Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma was coy about using her South African networks. “Maybe the networks helped, but I think [Mlambo-Ngcuka] is also committed not just to the links we had, but the issue.” She said they were doing it for the African continent.

Fraser-Moleketi said: “I wanted to be back on the continent and plough back into it.”

She previously also worked for the UN but will now be based in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast.

She said she was commuting to South Africa regularly.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.