Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera is performing live in Hong Kong on Nov. 20 in support of the HeForShe campaign, a United Nations initiative to promote gender equality around the world.
“Different countries may have different situations about gender equality. There are still many things to do when we talk about it,” Herrera told EJ Insight in a phone interview.
HeforShe is an open conversation for people to think about the issue of gender equality, she said. “We have the chance to ask: What does being a woman or a man represent?”
“In today’s world, gender problem is not a woman issue but it’s our society’s issue,” she said.
HeForShe was launched on Sept. 20, 2014, with Hollywood actress Emma Watson as UN goodwill ambassador for the campaign to help fight gender bias and violence against women.
In March 2015, the University of Hong Kong became the first university in the world to sign up for the campaign.
Last October, Herrera and guitarist Javier Limon recorded an album titled “He for She” in support of the campaign. They also held a concert tour to spread the message about gender equality.
Herrera, an honorary spokesperson of UN Women, said she will perform the songs from her album in the Hong Kong jazz concert, which will take place in City Hall in Central.
She said although the songs will not literally call for gender equality, the theme of the concert is to encourage people to follow their dreams and pursue their rights, regardless of their gender.
Besides, jazz music represents inclusiveness and conversation, meaning everyone in the audience can participate in the conversation about gender equality, no matter where they come from, Herrera said.
Commenting on US President-elect Donald Trump, who has been accused of being disrespectful to women, Herrera said she is surprised by the election result.
She said she hopes the gender equality situation in the United States will not get worse, given that a lot of work has been done in that area.
“Let’s keep doing what we are doing. It’s the only thing we can do.”
“The Magos Herrera jazz concert in support of HeForShe is important for us in many ways,” said Damian Martinez Tagüeña, Consul General of Mexico in Hong Kong.
“It allows us to invite people to think about the issue of gender equality and what they can do to achieve it.”
The concert also serves as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Consulate General of Mexico in Hong Kong.
HKU first university to sign up for UN gender equality campaign (March 31, 2015)
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