Women Empowerment

Press release: Calling on all men to act now to drive action for gender equality, world leaders gather to accelerate progress at UN Women’s HeForShe Summit


“With the committed alliance of men and boys, we are powerfully united to fight inequality,” said Sima Bahous, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women. “I see this strength in all the leaders at the HeForShe Summit, who act as inspiring agents of change in their fields.”

At the summit, members of the HeForShe Alliance shared best practices for advancing gender equality through targeted and ambitious commitments in areas such as equal representation in the workplace, economic empowerment or global domestic violence policies. World leaders came together to talk about the importance of achieving equality, including Mrs. Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukrainewho said “I would like to live in a world where there are no differences between people. I would like to live in a world where the HeForShe initiative is not needed.”

UN Women and HeForShe also announced the new members of the HeForShe Alliance and their ambitious commitments to accelerate progress towards gender equality. HE Mr. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, and HE Mr. Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have committed their governments to promoting gender equality policies. Strengthening HeForShe partnerships in East Asia, Recruit Holdings was announced as the latest HeForShe champion with a focus on achieving parity in their global organization by 2025.

Leaders from the public, private and academic sectors discussed issues facing women today at the event. Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, led a discussion on the cumulative effects of the gender crisis with leaders from MTN Group, PwC and the Center for Rights Education and Awareness. The second discussion, led by Sanda Ojiambo, Under-Secretary-General and Managing Director of the United Nations Global Compact under the leadership of UN Women, INSEAD and HCL Technologies, highlighted the significant challenges women face to progress economically and highlighted key actions to reduce them. obstacles, especially since today approximately 2.4 billion women of working age do not enjoy equal economic opportunities. One of these recommendations is to provide sponsorship, not just mentoring, throughout a woman’s academic and professional experience.

Closing the event, author and activist Frederick Joseph called on men and boys everywhere to take ownership of the role they play in recognizing gender equality through daily actions. Actress, activist and singer Sofia Carson closed the Summit with an inspiring musical performance and took a moment to reiterate the unanimous call that brought these leaders together: men must play an active role in bringing about a better world. egalitarian.

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About UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was created to accelerate progress in meeting their needs around the world. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org. UN Women, 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, New York. Tel: +1 646 781-4400. Fax: +1 646 781-4496. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org.

About HeForShe

Created by UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that invites men and boys to take action for a more equal world . HeForShe provides a focused platform where a global audience can engage and champion the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime. The movement invites people around the world to come together as equal partners to build a shared vision of an equal world and implement specific, locally relevant solutions. For more information, visit: www.HeForShe.org/en.

Media Contact

Erica Sayers, erica.sayers@unwomen.org, UN Women

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