HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality initiated by UN Women. It aims to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls. Grounded in the idea that gender equality is an issue that affects all people — socially, economically and politically — it seeks to actively involve men and boys in a movement that was originally conceived as “a struggle for women by women”.A special event was held to kick-start the HeForShe campaign on 20 September, 2014 at the Headquarters of the United Nations inNew York. It was hosted by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, whose speech — about her own path to feminism and her call to involve men and boys in promoting gender equality — was widely circulated via social media.
At that event, UN Women made a call to mobilize the first 100,000 men in the campaign, a goal successfully reached in just three days. United States President Barack Obama, actor Matt Damon, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are among some of the high-profile male champions featured on the site.
The HeForShe map — which uses a geo-locator to record global engagement in the campaign — was also activated.The map counts the number of men and boys around the world who have taken the HeForShe pledge, as UN Women works towards its goal of engaging 1 billion men and boys by July 2015.
The campaign website also includes implementation plans for UN agencies, individuals and civil society, as well as on university and college campuses, both through online and sustained engagement.*Disclaimer
This blog is maintained and edited by Rahul Pawa, a national award winning human rights activist & campaigner specializing in Policy & Advocacy. Rahul is a #HeforShe campaigner by choice and deeply believes in the cause of upholding gender equity and ending violence against women.
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