BY Anade Situma
On Tuesday, September 20, United Nations Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and actor Emma Watson, the U.N. Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, celebrated the second anniversary of the launch of the HeForShe movement with an evening party at the Museum of Modern Art, attended by about 400 people.
This event marks the growth of a movement that tackles gender bias by focusing on cultural norms that affect the way men are raised. It calls on men to sign up in support of eliminating the political, domestic and professional challenges imposed on women across the globe.
Earlier that day, Watson launched a HeForShe project called the University Impact 10x10x10 Parity initiative, by releasing the Impact 10x10x10 University parity report. This initiative will attempt to eliminate the gender gap in universities; so far, schools representing 700,000 students and 40,000 faculty members on five continents are included.
As a sort of ID, each man who signs up gets a number that reflects how many men in the world, and each respective country, are part of the HeForShe initiative.
The first HeForShe sign-up was the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who joined the festivities through a video message, calling for pragmatic strategies that can transform HeForShe sign-ups into what one attendee called “gender IQ.” One of the latest HeForShe sign-ups happened on the night of the event, in a surprise appearance by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.