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Tuesday, September 24 2019 - 23:00
Why solidarity and allyship matter: UN Women HeForShe Global Gender Equality Champions release annual IMPACT Report
NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Marking the fifth anniversary of the iconic HeForShe movement, over 30 male 
global leaders from its flagship HeForShe Champions initiative release their 
annual IMPACT Report today;

-- Heads of State, global CEOs and academic leaders are working on an 
accelerated timeline to demonstrate that significant progress for gender 
equality can be achieved in our lifetime;

-- Through inspirational and uplifting real-life stories, the IMPACT Report 
demonstrates how individuals and communities all over the world are advancing 
gender equality across society, in the workplace, at home and with the next 

Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the 
empowerment of women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality 
provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can 
engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. 

View the full report here ( 

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive 
Director of UN Women, says, "We know that the commitment of men with power and 
privilege can be a major game changer for gender equality. We hope that the 
human stories and scalable, proven solutions given in this report will provide 
others with a roadmap to progress."

Key report highlights

Gender Parity Data: Despite a 202 year wait for the economic gender gap to 
close(1), across the HeForShe Champions a steady increase in the representation 
of women at senior leadership is emerging with Turkey's Koç Holding moving from 
7% women on the board in 2014 to 28% in 2018, and Unilever's non-executive 
board moving from 36% women in 2014 to 45% in 2018.

Creating equality in society: Our societies remain marked by critical gender 
issues and latest figures estimate that 35% of women experience some form of 
violence in their lifetime -- an unchanged statistic. From Ghana though, we 
hear a story from the Ministry of Gender that is eliminating harmful norms 
around pregnant women in the community of Mafi Dove and from Romania, we hear 
the story of a male call center operator at the frontlines of domestic abuse 
reporting and how he is doing his part to end violence against women.

Creating equality in the workplace: HeForShe male allies are evolving their own 
leadership styles to become more inclusive. We hear how a male Chief Operating 
Officer at Accor is challenging traditional stereotypes to empower women into 
leadership roles in Asia and how a male Senior Vice President at Electronic 
Arts joined forces with a female employee resource group to create more 
inclusive games.

Creating equality at home: Family-friendly policies matter because they support 
children to get a better start in life. In the IMPACT Report, we hear from a 
male General Manager at Danone and why it was important for him to be at the 
heart of leading Danone's 18-week gender-neutral paid parental leave policy. We 
also hear from a young father in South Africa, a customer of Vodacom's -- a 
subsidiary of Vodafone -- and how he benefitted from their Mum and Baby service 
during his partner's pregnancy.

Creating equality with the next generation: Today, more than 262 million 
children and youth are out of school. HeForShe Champions though, are advocating 
for girls' education and engaging men and boys on the need for gender equality. 
Hear from students at Stony Brook University on a how an innovative STEM 
program is changing their views of this field and hear from student leaders 
from the World Organization of the Scout Movement on how they are spreading the 
gender equality message to all 50 million Scouts. 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Follow @HeForShe and share your messages using the 
hashtags #HeForShe #IMPACTReport #UNGA74 

About HeForShe
Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the 
empowerment of women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality 
provides a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience 
can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in 
our lifetime. HeForShe invites people around the world to stand together as 
equal partners to craft a shared vision of a gender equal world and implement 
specific, locally relevant solutions for the good of all of humanity.



SOURCE United Nations HeForShe