UN Women launches HeForShe #GetFree Tour at University of Leicester

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UN’s global initiative on gender equality to launch on Tuesday 29 September

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 September 2015

  • UN’s global initiative on gender equality to launch on Tuesday 29 September
  • University of Leicester is one of only 10 universities around the world committing to take bold, game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond the institution

Media opportunity: Tuesday 29 September at 11am at University of Leicester Fielding Johnson Building, University Road, Leicester

Multimedia available – See Notes to editors

The University of Leicester is to be the launchpad for the inaugural UN Women’s HeForShe #GetFree Tour for a vital discussion on the importance of gender equality.

The HeForShe GetFree Tour is an innovative new effort, bringing a global conversation on gender equality to young people around the world. The GetFree Tour will enable students to express themselves and explore their own understanding of gender issues, empowering them to take a lead in advancing equality in their environments and communities.

Starting from the University of Leicester, the HeForShe GetFree Tour will visit six universities in the U.K. and France: University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Leicester, the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Nottingham, University College of London, and the Paris Institute of Political Science (Institut d'études politiques de Paris) respectively.

The University of Leicester and the Paris Institute of Political Science are part of HeForShe’s IMPACT 10x10x10 programme, which engages ten leaders across three sectors to drive systemic change: http://www.heforshe.org/impact/

“It's this generation of young people who will be the ones to steer our societies and our economies into the living reality of what it means to be equal. Their energy and dedication to making this change happen are inspiring,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, introducing the initiative. “The GetFree tour is a perfect way for us to connect directly with thousands of students. We are grateful to the universities for their warm welcome and hope that this is just the beginning of a journey around the world on the road to gender equality.”

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle said: “We look forward to welcoming the United Nations for the start of their HeForShe UK Roadshow here at the University of Leicester on 29th September.

“Our status as worldwide champions of HeForShe is both a great privilege and a huge responsibility. We have been vested with the challenge of making transformational advances in gender equality and being a beacon for the rest of the world. We aim to deliver fundamental change within a generation, so that organisations such as HeForShe become redundant and my two daughters and two sons take it for granted that they will be judged on their merits, not their gender."

Minister for Women and Equalities and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan said: “Acts of violence against women and girls are abhorrent and have no place in our society. I am determined to relentlessly drive a culture change to support victims and survivors, which is why initiatives like HeForShe are so important. I’m delighted Leicester has been chosen to be part of this amazing campaign and hope to see more universities doing whatever they can to protect women.

“We are taking a range of actions to protect women and girls, including the Bystander Intervention Initiative for universities to empower students to stand up to domestic violence and sexual harassment when they see it and an inquiry into campus safety.”

The GetFree Tour will feature prominent personalities including Nicky Morgan who will join university leaders and students to discuss the relevance and meaning of gender equality to universities in the 21st century.


Notes to editors:

Please note this is the UN launch at the University of Leicester for this global initiative on gender equality.  The Tour will convene university and student leaders, United Nations experts, and prominent personalities at each institution including; British Actors, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Douglas Booth; Rt. Honorable Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough & Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Women's Editor for U.K. based The Telegraph, Emma Barnett. The programme for the day is here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/heforshe


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11.00am    Welcome to UN HeForShe party from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Our UN visitors will arrive in their London bus and will be greeted outside the front of the Fielding Johnson Building by our President and invited guests, together with students and staff.

1.00pm     Launch event in the Peter Williams Theatre

Open to all. The event programme is as follows;

•       Opening video (UN)

•       Launch video (University of Leicester)

•       Welcome and keynote speech from President and Vice-Chancellor

•       Response from UN Women HeForShe

•       The Hon Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough & Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities will speak in support of HeForShe and equalities

•       Feminism in the Media: Why it Matters.  Dr Kaitlynn Mendes (Dept of Media & Communications)

•       Sexual Violence in Conflict: Empowering Victims and Supporting Prosecutions. Dr Lisa Smith (Dept of Criminology)

•       A conversation about HeForShe at Leicester.  Provost Professor Mark Peel and Students’ Union President Rachel Holland

•       Audience participation. One thing I would like HeForShe to change at the University is

2.30pm    Close

The exhibition of gender related research will be available for staff and students to view until 3.30pm.

About UN Women

UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org.

Created by UN Women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. HeForShe invites men and boys to build on the work of the women’s movement as equal partners, crafting and implementing a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity. For more information, visit http://www.heforshe.org/.

About IMPACT 10X10X10

  • 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 –including the University of Leicester -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.


You can find out more about HeForShe here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/heforshe

HeForShe Press Pack: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/for-journalists/heforshe/heforshe-press-pack

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