Emma Watson to co-host special event for UN Women campaign

Emma Watson, who was named a UN Goodwill Ambassador back in July, is set to co-host a special event in New York City for the United Nations HeForShe campaign.

HeForShe aims to encourage people, especially men, to speak up for women’s rights and equality. Advocates around the world have already begun adding their voices to this campaign, and a number of their videos of support can be viewed on the campaign’s YouTube page.

The UN describes the event, which will take place on September 20, as follows:

The special event will bring together gender experts, government officials, senior United Nations officials, civil society organizations and HeForShe celebrity champions and role models to discuss the central role of men and boys in the achievement of gender equality and to raise awareness that the support of women’s rights is a moral, social and economic imperative for humanity.

The event is only open to UN accredited media but will be streamed live right here. The struggle for equality for women is one that occurs daily around the world, and taking a moment to check out this campaign, either on their website or via the live webcast on September 20, is definitely worth your time.

 

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For immediate release
Date: 11 September 2014

(New York) British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will co-host a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign on 20 September 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The event aims to kick-start one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century for the achievement of gender equality calling upon one half of humanity in support of the other half for the benefit of all.

Over the next 12 months the HeForShe campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone – socially, politically and economically.

The special event will bring together gender experts, government officials, senior United Nations officials, civil society organizations and HeForShe celebrity champions and role models to discuss the central role of men and boys in the achievement of gender equality, and to raise awareness that the support of women’s rights is a moral, social and economic imperative for humanity.

What: Special Event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign.
Attendance by invitation only.

When: Saturday, 20 September 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: United Nations Trusteeship Council, New York

Note to media:
The event is open to UN accredited media only, but space is limited. RSVP at: http://goo.gl/keW56x

The event will be webcast live at: http://webtv.un.org/ and photos will be available for downloading:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2n8flqu6243k8wz/AADpVMiaumiiyw843sHEaZIga?dl=0

HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality, which calls upon men and boys to stand up against the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The campaign strengthens the support for women’s rights as human rights by enlisting the support of men and exhorting them to put themselves forward as advocates for gender equality. www.heforshe.org
For more information:

Elizabeth Nyamayaro +1 646 781-4829 elizabeth.nyamayaro[at]unwomen.org
Luke Windsor +44 20 7351 1555 luke[at]publiceye.co.uk

– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/9/heforshe-event-media-advisory#sthash.3DviUYX5.dpuf

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