Environmentalists, LGBT supporters, labor unions, feminist groups. The amount of activist groups walking the face of the earth ranks high in the numbers. Nowadays, people create groups for every issue that comes up, from abortion to immigration and minorities.
One of the newer activist groups to have recently emerged is the HeForShe campaign, whose mission is to promote gender equality. Their focus applies to both men and women, as it strives to ‘expand human dignity and freedom for all.’ The campaign was created by the Women’s United Nations with the hope of breaking all gender stereotypes that confine today’s men and women.
The issues brought up by HeForShe are a daily part of our lives but are rarely addressed. This is in part due to the strong culture that surrounds the expected actions of both sexes.
The application of gender stereotypes starts in simple places such as the workplace and school. Gender-biased language is real and well alive in the modern world; in fact, it deeply affects young generations who are taught at an early age what a boy or girl can and cannot do. These concepts are then taken into adulthood and prevent individuals from reaching their full potential. Men are expected to participate in ‘manly’ activities and sports while girls are seen as only capable of doing fragile and ‘ladylike’ activities.
The HeForShe campaign hopes to accomplish its mission of gender equality by extending its invitation to men all around the world. It strongly believes that if men are free from all stereotypes, then women can achieve this status as well.
During her UN Women speech, Emma Watson, one of the ambassadors of this project, mentioned the topic of feminism and the negative connotation that has been following it in the last couple years.
“And if you still hate the word, it is not the word that is important. It’s the idea and the ambition behind it, because not all women have received the same rights I have. In fact, statistically, very few have.”
The HeForShe campaign is a revolutionary activist group, whose goal is to address issues that have been affecting our generations for years through teamwork and acceptance of all genders.
HeForShe is inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. And it starts by taking action right now to create a gender equal world.