Elizabeth Nyamayaro: An invitation to men who want a better world for women
Elizabeth Nyamayaro - Political scientist
Elizabeth Nyamayaro is the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, as well as head of UN Women's blockbuster HeForShe initiative. Full bio
in the blue uniform.
in the blue uniform
all the people of Africa."
but to send me to the city
I had never met before.
for the very first time.
what it was to be unequal.
of the other kids,
in terms of reading and writing.
would get even more complex.
with my grandmother
this incredible opportunity
than the rest of my village.
I was no longer their equal.
in the blue uniform,
led me to the United Nations,
one of the greatest inequalities
of the world's population --
all of us together.
of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,
from around the world
with each other and with women,
for gender equality.
for those who believe in equality
that they believe.
sometimes remain unspoken.
an inflection point for gender equality.
splitting it in half.
are represented here,
the 3.2 billion men,
men can stand alongside women
in the 21st century.
would prove quite controversial.
when we launched HeForShe.
to be agents of change for equality.
in every single country in the world
1.2 billion conversations on social media.
started pouring in,
that were abusive to their partners,
into better husbands and fathers.
organized an innovative bicycle rally,
within their own community.
in his own community.
who continuously beats up his wife.
called the HeForShe,
the woman cry again next door,
and I confronted the husband.
into something within men,
where women and men are equal
of bringing men to the cause.
structural change that can equalize
and social realities for women and men.
to make concrete actions,
at a personal level,
within their own institutions.
and leaders have stepped up
hospitality company, Accord,
both the employment and the pay gap
within the current electoral term.
their HeForShe commitments,
leading gender-research centers.
from every single walk of life,
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and the EU Council,
all the male EU Commissioners
of the Swedish and Iceland governments
has joined the movement.
goodwill ambassador, Emma Watson,
five billion media impressions,
of students around the world
HeForShe student associations.
of the vision that HeForShe has
is a kind of prison for us ...
to free ourselves from this prison
are part of a greater whole,
can help free us to realize
into women's and men's dreams,
for our families, our children,
all of us together.
About the speaker:Elizabeth Nyamayaro - Political scientist
Elizabeth Nyamayaro is the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, as well as head of UN Women's blockbuster HeForShe initiative.
Why you should listen
Political scientist Elizabeth Nyamayaro is the senior advisor to the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She has worked at the forefront of Africa’s development agenda for more than a decade in both the public and private sector, and has held positions with UNAIDS, the World Health Organization and the World Bank.
Nyamayaro is founder of Africa IQ, an innovative social impact organisation with a mission to promote Africa’s sustainable economic growth and development. She is also the driving force behind the @HeForShe campaign, which mobilized more than 100,000 men in every country around the globe. The campaign created 1.2 billion Twitter impressions in just one week, rallying men as advocates and change agents in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.
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