Georgetown to Launch HeForShe Initiative with UN Women

By Sydney Jean Gottfried

Earlier this year, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia was named a “University Impact Champion” by the UN Women’s HeForShe gender equality movement. The recognition comes as part of HeForShe’s new IMPACT 10X10x10 initiative.

According to a HeForShe press release,

IMPACT 10X10X10 engages 10 key decision makers from governments, 10 from corporations, and 10 from universities around the world to drive change from the top. IMPACT champions make gender equality an institutional priority, committing to real change within and beyond each of their organizations. Each IMPACT champion implements the HeForShe IMPACT framework and develops three bold, game-changing commitments to advance and ultimately achieve gender equality for all.

HeForShe has partnered with several Georgetown organizations to bring President DeGioia’s commitments into fruition.

First, The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security launched a new seminal study on women’s political participation in ameliorating conflict and contributing to sustainable peace. Women Leading Peace can be read here.

Second, the University established the Georgetown Women’s Alliance to drive awareness and action across the entire community, including alumni, to create a culture where women can thrive.

Third, Georgetown took the same cross-campus approach in building a respectful, safe campus with an innovative new RESPECT training to educate all students, faculty and staff on “Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct.” The training can be completed here.

In a statement regarding the University’s partnership with the campaign, President DeGioia said:

“Georgetown University is proud to stand with HeForShe and its work to empower women and girls worldwide. Many in our world community, and especially women, are faced with significant challenges to the basic right to social justice and to the conditions that allow for human flourishing. We share a responsibility—as members of a global family—to promote justice, equity, and dignity for women around the world.”

President DeGioia’s impressive IMPACT peers include 8 heads of state, 6 global CEOs, and 9 university presidents or chancellors from 7 countries.

To launch Georgetown’s HeForShe Initiative and celebrate the United Nation’s “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence,” Georgetown will host Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for a conversation on the UN’s efforts to combat violence against women.

The event will take place on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:30AM in Lohrfink Auditorium. Look out for more details on the Georgetown Women’s Alliance website.