10x10x10 Initiative

The 10x10x10 Initiative

In January 2015, the 10x10x10 initiative was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, alongside launch partners H.E. Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and H.E. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden.  It seeks to engage with 10 world leaders, 10 corporations and 10 universities globally to identify approaches for addressing gender inequality and to test the effectiveness of these interventions for scalability.

The University of Leicester has been chosen as one of 10 universities worldwide to partner with the United Nations.  The University will focus on:

1) Closing the gap between men and women in key academic and career areas, in both directions

  • The University of Leicester is dedicated to achieving gender parity for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty members. Setting the tone from the top, the University of Leicester will aim to increase the representation of women in leadership and faculty positions, to achieve 30% representation of women in professorships by 2020 (1.5% per annum increase).
  • Taking a true ‘HeForShe’ approach, the University has identified the six disciplines with the largest disparity between male and female enrolment, committing to aim for a percentage-point-change towards gender parity every year; the University will support men to pursue psychology, as well as women passionate about engineering.

2) Creating a cultural transformation around gender

  • The University of Leicester aims to ensure all students and staff feel empowered to pursue their ambitions; the University will accelerate its progress towards gender parity by integrating a gender challenge and equality & diversity awareness into activities including induction, curricula, careers guidance and partnership arrangements. The University’s HeForShe team will highlight gender equality externally and internally, elevating the conversation around equality, to reach a broad audience of men and women.

3) Make public the conversation around gender, provide transparency, and actively monitor progress on these issues

  • The University of Leicester will highlight gender equality externally and internally, elevating the conversations to ensure they are reaching a broad audience of men and women. The University will actively track progress on gender equality, identifying strong performers and laggards. The University will use HeForShe as a platform to galvanize students, and hold the university accountable to progress on an annual basis.

The University will also develop and implement a gender sensitization curriculum for students and staff, alongside programmes which will address gender-based violence.  The University shall frequently meet with other IMPACT Champions, to share initiatives and good practice.

For further information on the University's commitments, please view the University's 10x10x10 IMPACT Champion document.

Key Messages

  • The HeForShe campaign’s IMPACT 10X10X10 program is a three-to-five year pilot effort to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment by galvanizing momentum among governments, corporations and universities.
  • The IMPACT 10x10x10 program engages governments, corporations and universities best positioned to advance gender equality and to influence change within their sectors, communities and or/countries.
  • IMPACT champions were selected based on their reputation for strong ethical practices and equitable gender policies; their demonstration of global excellence in public service; their global reach; and their commitment to gender equality.
  • Each of the 30 leaders selected to engage with the IMPACT 10x10x10 program developed ambitious targets and initiatives, which were formally reviewed by an expert team at UN Women and approved directly by the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
  • All members of the IMPACT 10X10X10 program commit to meet frequently, transparently report on progress, share best practices and engage with others in their sector to take up this cause.

10x10x10 IMPACT Champions



World Leaders

  • Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland
  • Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia
  • Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
  • Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi
  • Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania
  • Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  • Stefan Löfvén, Prime Minister of Sweden

The two remaining World Leaders will be added to this website, as they are announced by the UN.

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