Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of U.N. Women, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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The head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women says the global spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse and the punishment of some powerful men who had been "untouchable" is an important moment – but it's just "a tip of an iceberg".Mlambo-Ngcuka stressed that while the spotlight has been on powerful male offenders in Hollywood, business and the high echelons of society, sexual harassment and abuse is prevalent around the world from factories and farms to buses, trains and homes. And not a single country has achieved gender equality, she said.Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is from South Africa, said addressing sexual harassment and abuse and achieving equality for women will take years, and there is a lot of work to do in all countries.Mlambo-Ngcuka said U.N. Women is also working with men and boys who are key to changing norms, attitudes and cultural practices – from engaging in child marriage and beating wives to accepting that they can be a partner to a woman.
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