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. Recently, men have taken to standing up against discrimination faced by women and girls. On September 2014, UN Women and global campaign ambassador, Emma Watson, launched HeForShe. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all. It provides a platform for men to self-identify with issues of gender equality and its benefits, which liberate, not only women, but also men, from prescribed social roles and gender stereotypes. It engages men and boys as advocates and stakeholders, to break the silence, raise their voices and take action for the achievement of gender equality.
In the Fall of 2015 the UN and its member states will meet on the progress made for women since 1995, when 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for gender equality. As the United Nations transitions from the Millennium Development Goals to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, there is an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the dialogue on women’s rights and accelerate progress towards 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. All over the world, men are standing alongside women to take a stand for gender equality. The Metro NY, USNC-UN Women chapter is building an army of advocates and need a few good men. Join us.