September 22, 2014

HeForShe: A Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality

HeForShe is a campaign led by UN Women in which men all over the world are being encouraged to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls. On Sunday, September 20, actress and UN Women ambassador Emma Watson joined United Nations leaders in New York to launch the HeForShe campaign.

“I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves,” Ms. Watson said.

Over the next 12 months, the campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change for gender equality.

“We need boys and men working with us. HeForShe is a global solidarity movement to end gender inequality by 2030. The goal is to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change in the effort to achieve equality. When women are empowered, the whole of humanity benefits,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Watch the webcast from the launch event here:

Read more about the launch of HeForShe in The Washington Post

To learn more about HeForShe and to sign the commitment, visit the website.