Stand up for gender equality with HeForShe

The University of Nottingham is excited to welcome the inaugural HeForShe #GetFree Tour to campus this September

On Wednesday 30 September, the University of Nottingham will host talks from senior University staff, the Students’ Union, representatives from UN Women and a keynote speech from Emma Barnett, Women’s Editor of The Telegraph and University of Nottingham alumna.

Launched in September 2014 by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, HeForShe is a new effort to bring a global conversation on gender equality to people around the world. The HeForShe #GetFree Tour will encourage students, staff and the public to explore their understanding of gender issues, empowering them to take a lead in advancing equality in their environments and communities.

As well as The University of Nottingham, the HeForShe #GetFree Tour will visit five other universities in the UK and France: University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Leicester, the London School of Economics and Political Science, University College of London, and the Paris Institute of Political Science (Institut d’études politiques de Paris).

The event at The University of Nottingham will be introduced by Professor Sir David Greenaway, featuring talks from Emma Barnett and Rob Jennings, Students’ Union Activities Officer, and a panel debate with Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Angharad Smith, President of the Students’ Union and Jessica McGhie, HeForShe IMPACT Corporate Champion.

As part of the #GetFree Tour and to open up the gender debate to new students, the Students’ Union set up a mural during Welcome Week for students to share their feelings, and see this as an opportunity to kick start a conversation which can be built on in future.

The University of Nottingham was an early adopter of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research, and is one of only five universities with a Silver Award. However there is still much work to be done, which is why the University has teamed up with HeForShe to offer students, staff and the community the opportunity to come together in a united voice at the start of the academic year.

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham, said: “We fully support the HeForShe agenda and recognise the importance in encouraging men to speak out and stand up for gender equality. Our staff and students are working together on this, and by hosting this event on our University Park Campus we hope to raise awareness of these issues to staff, students and our local community.”

The University’s HeForShe Forum takes place at 2.30pm, Wednesday 30 September at Keighton Auditorium, University Park. Follow the conversations on Twitter using #HeForShe and #GetFree, or book your place at https://nott.ac.uk/heforshe2015

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