HeForShe is a global effort to engage men and boys in removing the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential, and together positively reshaping society. UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, created the initiative that was launched by UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2014.
As part of this initiative, the HeForShe launched the IMPACT 10x10x10 framework that involves 10 Heads of State, 10 CEOs, and 10 University Presidents to advance gender equity.
The University of Waterloo has been invited to help lead HeForShe because we’re committed to gender equity. Waterloo is currently the only Canadian organization involved in the IMPACT 10x10x10 framework.
University is about potential: unearthing it, enabling it and unleashing it. It’s about the potential of every human being to realize their talents and abilities and the potential for society to reimagine itself anew. Enabling all students, faculty and staff members to achieve their highest potential – and for historically under-represented members of our sector, especially women, to be fairly and justly represented across our entire sector, including in STEM fields – is critical to the fundamental idea of a university. It is also fundamental to universities’ long-term success, and to the quality and betterment of society.Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waterloo
As part of our involvement, we have developed an overall approach to advancing gender equity at UWaterloo. We’ve made three ambitious but realistic goals that we intend to achieve within the next five years.