HeforShe solidarity movement for gender equality
Tue 20 Jan 2015
The UN Women is working to build a solidarity movement for gender equality. Launched on International Women's Day (8 March) 2014, the HeForShe ...
The UN Women is working to build a solidarity movement for gender equality. Launched on International Women's Day (8 March) 2014, the HeForShe campaign aims to engage one billion men by July 2015 as "advocates and agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women's rights."
The HeForShe campaign messages are:
- "Gender inequality is one of the most persistent human rights violations of our time. Despite many years of promoting gender equality, inequalities among women/girls and men/boys continue to manifest in egregious ways around the world.
- HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that engages men and boys as advocates and stakeholders, to break the silence, raise their voices and take action for the achievement of gender equality.
- Gender equality is not only a women's issue, it is a human rights issue that affects all of us - women and girls, men and boys. We all benefit socially, politically and economically from gender equality in our everyday lives. When women are empowered, the whole of humanity benefits. Gender equality liberates not only women but also men, from prescribed social roles and gender stereotypes."
UN Women is the facilitator, convenor and implementer of the campaign. It guides the localisation of the campaign for adoption by local stakeholders. The Action Kit provides six steps for implementing the campaign in a local context, including appointment of a "focal point" or organisation which will act as a liaison, an implementation plan, funding considerations, a event launch, local activities, and monitoring and evaluation.
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