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New executive director for UN Women is announced

POSTED September 14, 2021

New executive director for UN Women is announced

Find out about the new United Nations leader who will be speaking up for girls on the global stage


Promoting equality for girls through awareness campaigns, skills-training and child-led groups is a big part of what we do at Children Believe. That’s why we were heartened to hear Jordan’s Sima Sami Bahous will now be championing their rights as the new executive director of UN Women, the United Nations (UN) entity focused on empowering women through gender equality.

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, heralded Bahous as “a champion for women and girls” as well as a “keen advocate for quality education, poverty alleviation and inclusive governance.”

Formerly Jordan’s UN ambassador in New York, the new executive director brings 35 years of experience leading nationally, regionally and internationally, having also held positions at UN agencies, in ministerial posts in Jordan and civil-society organizations among others.

She succeeds Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka whom Children Believe had the honour to work with earlier this year.

Learn more about how you can help advance gender equality today.

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