Cannes Lions has announced Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, as the recipient of the 2019 Cannes LionHeart in recognition of her advocacy for women, human rights, and social justice throughout the world, and for her leadership of the industry-wide diversity initiative, The Unstereotype Alliance.
Throughout her career, says a press release, Phumzile has championed women’s rights through her involvement with projects and programmes devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality and in 2018 was named by Apolitical as one of the most influential people in gender policy around the world. Her work spans the private sector, civil society and government.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will be interviewed on the Debussy stage at 5pm on Friday 21 June as the final session of the content programme. She will accept the LionHeart Award at the final Awards Show closing out Cannes Lions 2019.