If you were in Red Square last week, you probably saw a big tent set up for the very first HeForShe photo campaign. President DeGioia signed on as one of ten University IMPACT Champions last year, and the photo campaign kickstarted the effort to bring the movement from an institutional level to the student level. We had over 100 students and faculty make a #HoyasForShe commitment for gender equality on campus in honor of our partnership with HeForShe.
What is HeForShe?
HeForShe is a movement started by UN Women and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to promote gender equality worldwide. To start the program, UN Women involved 10 university presidents, 10 CEOs, and 10 Heads of State to promote gender equality and raise awareness in their respective institutions. Learn more by visiting the HeForShe website.
How is Georgetown/GUSA involved?
Georgetown is one of 10 IMPACT universities globally to take on the project of gender equality. Last year, President DeGioia signed on and has stated his goals for Georgetown in this regard, by strengthening the Institute for Women, Peace, and Security as well as the Georgetown Women’s Alliance. Another priority for President DeGioia is ensuring the safety of women on campus.
This past summer, GUSA Vice President Chris Fisk as well as GUSA Communications members Natalia Peña, Kevin Durham, and Angela Caprio coordinated with the President’s Office and the team behind Georgetown HeForShe to increase visibility of HeForShe for students. We achieved this through the photo campaign in Red Square and pamphlets that were included as part of the NSO welcome packets. We will be continuing our efforts through a video campaign later in the semester and another photo campaign at the TedxGeorgetown event on October 22. Learn more on our Facebook page.
What other universities are IMPACT champions?
Georgetown is one of 2 IMPACT Universities in the United States. The other is Stony Brook University in New York. The other universities include: University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), University of Oxford (United Kingdom), University of Waterloo (Canada), Sciences Po (France), University of São Paolo (Brazil), University of Leicester (United Kingdom), University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), and Nagoya University (Japan).
How do I get involved?
The HeForShe movement is continuing to grow on campus, and we want as many voices as possible. Fill out our Google Form if you have any interest being involved on a committee, joining our video campaign, or simply receiving updates from HeForShe throughout the year.