UN Women staff members have mobilized colleagues throughout the UN system globally, from Brussels to Tehran and beyond, to take part in the organization's new HeForShe campaign. The HeForShe initiative is the first of its kind: a solidarity movement engaging men and boys as advocates for the achievement of gender equality.
“Ultimately we need everyone to get involved if we are to turn the tide,” says UN Women Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Since HeForShe’s launch on September 20 2014 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of the 68th session of the General Assembly John Ashe and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, Heads of State, CEOs and university presidents have all made public and concrete commitments to gender equality, as part of the IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative.
Through HeForShe, UN Women aims to mobilize one billion men around the world to advance and achieve gender equality. The campaign has reached over 2.1 billion people on social media, while more than 300,000 men have signed the HeForShe commitment.
Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women, who launched HeForShe, highlights that the campaign is implemented across UN Women country offices in 90 countries and across several UN programmes, funds, and specialized agencies.
The UN Secretary-General has articulated strong support for the initiative, concluding “this is a partnership campaign involving individuals and corporations, government leaders and grassroots activists, great celebrities and global citizens. HeForShe is the United Nations in your countries and communities.”
Following efforts by the UN Women Brussels team, all male members of the European Commission recently made their HeForShe commitments, as did the Secretary-General of NATO. Last week, UN Women Headquarters staff collected commitments from colleagues at the UN Secretariat, signing up 12 percent of all male staff within five days. In Lahore, Pakistan, UN Women reached out to students at the University of Engineering and Technology, enrolling 5,000 young men within two weeks.
Garry Lewis, the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran says: “I recently signed up for the HeForShe campaign as I strongly believe in the cause," adding that he also invited "male colleagues at the UN Iran to also step up and sign up for this great cause as well."
Antonie DeJong, UN Women’s Director of Resource Mobilization says “I am a HeForShe not only because I believe strongly in women’s rights but also because men have a lot to gain if they become more engaged with gender equality. Not only will it open their minds it will also open their hearts and as a result their relationship with the other halve of humanity will improve. Therefore, I invite all UN colleagues to join the campaign”.
Last modified onMonday, 04 April 2016 16:27