The 2015 deadline for the MDGs has passed, and the world has made tremendous progress with MDG #3–promote gender equality and empower women. UN Women and partnering government organizations, civil societies, businesses, and national committees have worked endlessly to achieve gender parity, ensuring equal treatment and opportunity for women in economic, social, and political realms of our global society. As a result of these collaborative efforts to achieve MDG #3 by the 2015 deadline, more girls were granted access to primary and secondary education, the number of women entering the workforce increased, and political participation among women was also on the rise.
Despite these wonderful accomplishments made possible by international partnerships, gender parity is still not 100% present in our current global society–it is still only in it’s distant future. UN Women is continuing its efforts to meet the goals set by MDG 3 in its Post-2015 development agenda. UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign’s newest initiative, IMPACT 10X10X10, is an example of this effort.
HeForShe is a ”solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.” The campaign’s pilot initiative IMPACT 10X10X10 was launched on January 22nd at the press conference for UN Women.
The new campaign IMPACT 10X10X10 is a one-year pilot effort that aims to engage governments, corporations and universities as instruments of change positioned within some of the communities that most need to address deficiencies in women’s empowerment and gender equality. –UN Women
In her address at the 10X10X10 initiative’s launch, Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson encouraged and urged leadership in all countries, corporations, and academic institutions to sign on to the initiative as it is serves as a catalyst to achieving what the world wants–change. Since the first launch of the HeForShe Campaign in September, the number of people who have signed on and committed to the campaign’s mission have proliferated.
The groundswell of response we have received in support for HeForShe tells us we are tapping into what the world wants: to be a part of change. Now we have to channel that energy into purposeful action. The pilot initiative provides that framework. Next we need all country leadership, as well as that of hundreds of universities and corporations to follow HeForShe’s IMPACT 10x10x10 so as to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally… –UN Women
Watson ended her speech, encouraging all boys and men to become allies for the other half of humanity. She encouraged all to publicize the unique ways in which they are committing themselves to achieving gender equality for all through social media outlets and public settings.
As we reflect on Watson’s words and our call to work for Justice, let us think about these ways in which we can bring the HeForShe movement to our states, cities, hometowns, neighborhoods, schools, homes….
Jacqueline Salas, SJW Justice Office Program Assistant
For complete coverage of Watson’s speech, click on the link below.