UN Women Launches - HeForShe Arts Week

Film stars, UN Officials and New York City to unveil new initiative leveraging the arts for gender equality on International Women's Day

Mar 02, 2016, 09:00 ET from UN Women

NEW YORK, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the International Women's Day commemoration, UN Women is launching a new initiative aimed at leveraging the arts for gender equality – HeForShe Arts Week. The launch event will take place at the Public Theater, an inaugural partner, and bring together two UN  Goodwill Ambassadors, Emma Watson (UN Women) and Forest Whitaker (UNESCO & UN Advocate on the Sustainable Development Goals) for a lively  conversation on gender equality and women's rights. Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater will speak at the event.

The HeForShe Arts Week will run from March 8-15, 2016, during which time partner institutions, throughout the city of New York will highlight efforts towards gender equality and women's rights, and support UN Women's work by donating a percentage of proceeds.


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director The Public Theater

Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City

Emma Watson, British Actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador

Forest Whitaker, Artist, Social Activist, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace


The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003


International Women's Day: Tuesday, 8 March, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Media wishing to attend the event should RSVP to: tara(dot)mullins(at)ogilvy.com

Photos from the events will be available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gbipe7oiklrr0hf/AACk-vXtbB1cw5aXyyclWKJKa?dl=0

Join the conversation: Follow @UN_Women on Twitter and share your messages using the hashtags #IWD2016 and #HeForShe.

About UN Women
UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org.

About UN Women HeForShe
Created by UN Women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. HeForShe invites men and boys to build on the work of the women's movement as equal partners, crafting and implementing a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity. For more information, visit www.heforshe.org/

Media Contact: Tara Mullins
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