The campaign dubbed “HeForShe Movement” has been launched in different countries including those in Africa towards mobilizing men and engaging them in activities to ensure gender equality among different societies.
The campaign aims to mobilize one billion men across the world to accelerate the achievement of gender equality.
HeForShe uses innovative online, offline, and mobile phone technology to identify and activate men in every city, community, and village around the world.
The HeForShe journey begins online with a simple affirmation that gender equality is not only a women’s issue, but a human rights issue that requires the participation and commitment of men, says UN Women.
So far, close to 600,000 men have made the commitment with the campaign, and are now taking their own steps to change the world, sharing their stories to inspire others to follow suit, according to the UN Women.
“Our ambitious aim is to mobilize 1 billion men to accelerate the achievement of gender equality,” it says.
“Their (the men’s) individual actions will collectively create the sustainable social and systematic change we need to achieve equality,” said the UN Women.
Heran Ayele, Programme Specialist at UN Women, told reporters on Thursday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa that the HeForShe would be launched coming Monday in the East African country, whereby she said prominent personalities have already been identified to go with the campaign and bring it to the communities towards its success.
Since its launch in 2014, hundreds of thousands of men around the world including heads of states, CEOs, and global luminaries from all walks of life have committed to gender equality.
HeForShe invites men and boys to build on the work of the women’s movement as equal partners, crafting and implementing a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity, says UN Women.
The campaign’s a three-to-five pilot initiative makes effort to advance and ultimately achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment through top-down change, engaging global leaders across three sectors — government, the private sector, and academia, according to the UN Women.
“These leaders are at the forefront of gender equality, serving as public champions for change, and committing to concrete progress within their own institutions. Each leader had developed bold commitments which aim to deliver real change, transparently reporting on progress throughout the pilot,” it said.
UN Women says HeForShe is an accelerator for the Organization’s work across its core strategic pillars — accelerating women’s economic empowerment, supporting their roles in peace and security, advancing women’s political participation and eliminating gender based violence. Enditem