The University of Hong Kong has become the first university in the world to sign up for HeForShe, a United Nations initiative to promote gender equality.
In an open email to HKU staff and students on Monday, vice chancellor Peter Mathieson said he felt it was high time for the university to join the initiative to raise awareness of gender equality, particularly of providing equal opportunities to individuals regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, Post852.com reported.
Mathieson noted, for example, that all faculty deans and pro-vice-chancellors at the university are male.
Undergrad, a publication of the HKU Students Union, said on its Facebook page that the biggest difference from previous campaigns on gender balance is that the HeForShe initiative is targeted at men, aiming to get them to talk about and take action on issues related to women’s rights and gender equality.
HeForShe was launched on Sept. 20, 2014, with Hollywood actress Emma Watson as UN goodwill ambassador for the campaign to help fight against gender bias and violence against women.
Watson, a feminist icon, said she hopes more men would join the effort to achieve gender balance as it is something that men should also care about.
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