HKU as the first world university launches HeForShe on campus
HeForShe is a United Nations (UN) initiative on gender balance and HKU is the first university globally to launch this campaign on campus.
The overall goal of HeForShe is to spread awareness and spark action on the responsibility that men and boys have in eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and violence against women and girls. This is not about women or men, it is about crafting a shared vision of human progress for all – about creating a solidarity movement between women and men for the achievement of gender equality. Men and boys need to be part of the global movement to promote women’s rights both as advocates and stakeholders, who need to change to make gender equality a reality for all.
According to UN, much has been achieved by the feminist movement and women’s rights organizations in promoting gender equality to this day. It is recognized that women’s empowerment is essential for inclusive economic growth, social cohesion and social justice, environmental balance, and for progress in all spheres of life. However, progress has been uneven between and among countries with pervasive gender-based discrimination continuing in every country and region.
UN Women is creating an impact group called 10x10x10 comprising 10 Heads of State, 10 CEOs of global corporations and 10 University Presidents. Professor Peter Mathieson, HKU President and Vice-Chancellor, was invited to be a member of the group which he has enthusiastically agreed. At the launch event held on April 10, 2015, Professor Mathieson pledged his commitment to improving gender equality and called on the men of HKU to weigh in and help make a real difference.
HeForShe official website: www.heforshe.org
HKU’s HeForShe Policy: http://hku.hk/about/policies_reports/HeForSheatHKU