|Promotional Video for Chicago’s #HeForShe Production, produced by Women For Action (Click image above to watch.)|
Women For Action champions the development for the first Chicago Chapter for the United States National Committee UN Women (USNC UN Women). In honor of this new Chicago development, WFA has initiated a video project to promote UN Women’s launch for a campaign called #HeForShe which can be found on the web at HeForShe.org. The #HeForShe campaign enables men to take a stand on UN Women’s global initiatives in an attempt to accomplish gender equality and empowering women and girls worldwide.
Women for Action is spearheading this campaign in and around Chicago in honor of UN Women’s launch for HeForShe, whereby local business men and leaders will be asked to speak on behalf of these initiatives.
The presence of male leaders could set the stage in Chicago for the development of the first USNC UN Women Chapter in Illinois and as Chicago advances the millennium goal to connect its city to the world.
The United States National Committee UN Women mandate is to:
- Raise Funds that support UN Women projects
- Advocate by engaging US policymakers to support UN Women and the implementation of international agreements on women’s rights
- Educate members and the US public about UN Women and its global projects
Partnering with USNC UN Women’s goals places Chicago as a leader for international development, especially in countries where women are lagging behind in economic, education and political equality. This collaboration would support UN Women’s attempt to advance the rights of women and girls in these areas.
UN Women, a UN agency has access and influence that other organizations do not have. For example, in the area of peace and security, UN Women has worked directly with peacekeepers and UN peacekeeping missions, including in Darfur, to protect women during times of conflict.
The Video Project
The project will pose a three to four question inquiry on gender equality, such as “How do you feel about a recent statistic that claims that Sixty-six million girls are out of school worldwide”? Or “For the first time, women in Egypt have the right to national ID cards. They can do simple things like register their children in school. What are your thoughts”?
Male leaders will have the opportunity to respond on camera and show Chicago as well as the world that men are concerned about these issues too.
The plan is to rally at least twenty five leaders in and around Chicago, those that represent the culture and lifestyle of the city and are already making an impact in their line of work or within their communities.
Being that Chicago is a global city (Chicago' economic importance, its corporate powerhouses, educational institutions and research is vital to the nation and significant to the world), Women For Action believes that if Chicago’s male leaders make gender equality a priority, then it could potentially aid in balancing the scale around the world.
Sample footage from the project will be submitted to UN Women’s HeForShe campaign for Youtube and the official release will be featured at the launch event for the Chicago Chapter of the USNC UN Women.
Will you take a stand?
If you are interested in participating in the project, contact Anthony M./ Senior Project Manager at email@example.com
You can Join the developing Chicago Chapter for the United States National Committee UN Women on MEETUP. Stay tuned for the Founding Members Meet and Greet!