Team Leicester champion gender equality

Posted by ew205 at May 11, 2018 09:32 AM |
University of Leicester sport teams show commitment to gender equality with new HeForShe kits

Issued by University of Leicester

Issue date: 11 May 2018

Images of Team Leicester wearing the new kits for the first time available to download at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kbnu192qnq60gf5/AADl-Y6yherMuOjlb573EjZZa?dl=0

The University of Leicester’s Sport and Active Life team have officially launched new sports kits that include the #HeForShe logo in support of the University’s commitment to the global solidarity movement for gender equality led by UN Women.

This worldwide movement seeks to progress the advancement of gender equality specifically through increased engagement of men and young people as advocates and agents of change, whilst supporting and engaging with women.

Team Leicester members wore their new kits for the first time on Monday 30 April whilst being presented with the 2018 Varsity Trophy by President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle as this year’s winners of the local sporting competition with De Montfort University. Team Leicester have held the title of Varsity Champion every year since records began in 2000.

Each team member provided with the new kit has been asked to learn more about the HeForShe campaign and pledge to:

  • Call out inappropriate harassment and behaviour, including sexual harassment by recognising gender bias and discrimination
  • Actively support and engage with HeForShe events and initiatives including the UN HeForShe commitment
  • Behave in a way that upholds the University’s values of equality, diversity and inclusion

Through the HeForShe campaign, the UN seeks to harness the responsibility of men in the gender equality agenda to spread awareness and inspire action to eliminate discrimination against women and girls.

The University of Leicester is one of only ten universities worldwide to be a United Nations HeForShe IMPACT Champion, and as such aims to tackle gender inequality by:

  • Closing the gap between men and women in key academic and career areas
  • Creating a cultural transformation around gender
  • Making public the conversation around gender

Dr Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “This is an important investment in our students’ experience. By providing this new kit and sponsoring Team Leicester with the HeForShe logo, we are making public the conversation around gender and invite all team members to be HeForShe advocates and to make a commitment to pledge their support to the HeForShe campaign.”

This commitment ties in to the wider Sport and Active Life ‘Be the Influence’ wellbeing campaign, encouraging all sportspeople at the University of Leicester to protect and promote the wellbeing of themselves and their fellow teammates.

As part of ‘Be the Influence’ and the University’s HeForShe commitment, sportspeople are expected to be ambassadors of their team, Team Leicester and the University as a whole.

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