New York, September 21: Gender equality is that issue which is discussed upon by every citizen no matter whichever the part of the globe. United Nations Headquarters organized HeForShe University 10x10x10 Parity Report on 20 September talking upon the issue of gender bias. The report was on the side lines on the 71st session of the General Assembly.
The event took place in the presence of high-level participants, led by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, as well as 10 world leading universities that launched reports on achieving gender parity within the various dimensions of academia.
Emma Watson underlined the importance of gender equality at universities. "We need to change experiences of young women to change expectations to change societies," said Emma Watson. "There can be no double standards, there must be equal respect and universities can be a vital catalyst for change."
"We need all brain power to be valued to lead universities and to ensure safety and empowerment to all girls and women." "Empowering girls and women is a UNESCO global priority -- it is my absolute determination, at every level, in every society,” said Irina Bokova. “Leaving no-one behind calls for will at the highest level – it calls for bold commitments – it calls for outstanding champions,” said the Director-General. “Universities are essential here – to make change happen at every level, to nurture a new generation of women and men leaders.”
Irina Bokova underlined the importance of the University Parity Report: “It prepares the ground for new forms of solidarity, new foundations for sustainable development, new sources of peace, at a time when this has never been so important." The 10 participating universities are Georgetown University, Hong Kong University, University of Leicester, Nagoya University, Nagoya University, Oxford University, University of Sao Paulo, Sciences Po, Stony Brook University, University of Waterloo and University of the Witwatersrand.
Created by UN Women in 2014, at a launch in which the UNESCO Director-General participated, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality is a global effort to engage men and boys to become change agents towards the achieving of gender equality, and removing the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential and this together positively reshaping society.