HeForShe is an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality. The men of HeForShe aren’t on the sidelines. They’re working with women and with each other to build businesses, raise families, and give back to their communities.
Created by UN Women, HeForShe is a solidarity movement which provides a systematic approach and a targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. The innovative approach to addressing gender inequality has resulted in gained momentum around gender talks.
According to UN Women, achieving gender equality requires an inclusive approach that both recognizes men and boys as partners for women’s rights, and acknowledges how they also benefit from this equality. Since the launch of HeForShe campaign on 20 September 2014 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, hundreds of thousands of men from around the world including Hollywood actor Matt Damon and Ex-President Barack Obama have endorsed the movement.
At its launch, UN Women made a call to mobilize the first 100,000 men in the campaign; a goal successfully reached in just three days. Ever since approximately 1.3 billion commitments have been made, and this number is only growing. From the U.S alone 137,000+ commitments have been made, half of which are by men.
The movement has four broad-based goals and through its advocacy efforts seeks to:
- Accelerate women’s economic empowerment
- Support women’s role in peace and security
- Advance women’s political participation and leadership
- Eliminate gender-based violence
Elizabeth Nyamayaro, a senior advisor to Executive Director of UN Women, continues the spearhead the movement, Emma Watson remains an active spokesperson of HeForShe campaign.
In September 2015, HeForShe Campaign launched another initiative called Impact 10X10X10. It’s 3 to 5-year pilot effort that leverages top-down approach to engage leaders from the field of Business, Government and Educational Institution who best exemplify addressing women issues in their organizations, countries, and institutions. The identified leaders were felicitated in an annual impact summit, where they shared their best practices with the crowd.
The video below highlights the impact of HeForShe thus far.
Impact 10 by 10 by 10 U.S Champions include companies such as Tupperware, Mckinsey & Company, Twitter, and two educational institutions – Georgetown University and Stony Brook University.
”Part of my personal commitment is to move the needle on gender equality. HeForShe at PwC will harness the immense power of our network to promote inclusion and foster greater equality.
– Bob Moritz, Chairman, PWC international Limited
“Georgetown University is proud to stand with HeForShe and its work to empower women and girls worldwide. We share a responsibility—as members of a global family—to promote justice, equity, and dignity for women around the world.”
– John J. DeGioia, President Georgetown University