HeForShe Arts Week 2018: It's a wrap!
HeForShe Arts Week 2018, the week-long arts festival celebrating and promoting gender equality was an extraordinary mixture of performance, discussion and immersive experiences.
The global event, returning for its third year, was born out of the idea that if we are looking to change culture, culture itself is an important tool.
As we've seen during this year's event, a point can be made so much more effectively in a poem, a play, a song, an image or through music than just words alone.
We are extremely grateful to all involved in producing in excess of 52 events, 40 arts partners, and 210 artists, performers and speakers.
Funds raised during HeForShe Arts Week will support UN Women NC UK to change the lives of women and girls all over the world.
A global event
HeForShe Arts Week was launched in 2016 in New York by Emma Watson and Forest Whittaker, creating over 1 billion global media impressions. In 2017, London joined world cities New York, Paris, Bangkok, Madrid, São Paulo and Santiago de Chile in this celebration, lighting up the city in honour of gender equality.
This year, joining London for HeForShe Arts Week were Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, La Paz-Bolivia, Addis Ababa-Ethiopia, Amsterdam-Netherlands, Stockholm-Sweden, Panama City-Panama, Santiago-Chile, Mexico City-Mexico, Bogota-Colombia.
What is HeForShe?
HeForShe is UN Women’s solidarity movement for gender equality. HeForShe mobilises people of every gender identity and expression as advocates for gender equality, and acknowledges the ways that we all benefit from this equality.
Where are we now?
HeForShe is changing the traditional gender equality narrative to be more inclusive, recognising that gender equality benefits everyone. HeForShe invites individuals to take part in the gender equality movement in support of the women in their lives, but also as individuals who stand to benefit in a gender equal world. HeForShe is working to unpack and shed light on gender equality issues, especially gender stereotypes and assumptions, that are damaging to all genders.
The #CountMeIn social media campaign is all about showing people that you stand on the right side of history. So far, over 1.6 million individuals, including heads of state, CEOs and global luminaries have made the HeForShe commitment. By making the HeForShe commitment and encouraging others to do the same via social media, we are creating a visible force for gender equality. We are making it cool to care.
HeForShe is looking for the authentic voices of advocates who connect with these issues on a personal level and recognise that by lending their voice to HeForShe, they can affect change by inspiring others to join the movement.