UN's Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway was exulted for using her voice to highlight efforts of gender equality.
Anne Hathaway visited the United Nations to deliver a speech on the importance of International Women’s Day. Hathaway, who serves as a U.N. global goodwill ambassador, reflected on pivotal moments in America’s steps toward equality, like women gaining the right to vote, and legalizing same-sex marriage. She also praised Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign. The Act with the new role - directed two all-male panels to highlight how men can ensure women receive equal pay and end violence against women.
Hathaway said she was unapologetic about leading discussions with men only at the HeForShe Impact Summit. HeForShe was launched by UN Women at the United Nations four years ago with the help of “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson in a bid to get men involved in the drive for gender equality.
“Today the men on stage with me are here because they are throwing a huge rock through the glass ceiling,” Hathaway, 35, who was appointed a goodwill ambassador for UN Women two years ago, told a packed hall in New York. Latest UN Women figures show the campaign has so far encouraged 1.7 million men to sign up as advocates for gender equality.UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka listed some of the progress since 2014, including Iceland pledging to end the gender pay gap by 2020 and Malawi outlawing child marriage to help girls stay in school.
She also quizzed her panel members on what they were doing against a backdrop of data showing women globally are paid 23 percent less than men and the alarming fact that one in three women face physical or sexual violence during their life.
Bruce Cleaver, chief executive of Anglo American Plc’s diamond unit De Beers Groups, outlined how his company had introduced breast feeding rooms in its offices and some , and introduced unconscious bias training for staff. It is really important that the culture is there, and people see that leaders believe in it. He added at the event held in the wings of the U.N.’s annual world leaders’ summit.
Yogurt maker Danone’s CEO Emmanual Faber said his company would introduce 18 weeks gender-neutral paid parental leave for its 100,000 staff by 2020.
Frederic Mion, president of Science Po, the Paris Institute of Political Studies, described how it was encouraging male staff to take paternity leave that had been increased to six from three weeks. “We have to encourage men to take their role at home more seriously,” Mion said.
Hathaway said these examples showed equality was possible and the journey has already begun.
“I want to thank you for giving us the evidence that we have always known - equality is the only way forward,” said the U.S. actress, being grateful and respectful, who won an Academy Award in 2013 for her role in “Les Miserables”. Actor Winston Duke, known for his role in superhero movie “Black Panther”, issued a global call to men and boys to push for gender equality, challenging those who make sexist or disparaging remarks about women.
“It is time men brought their bodies, hearts and minds to the conversation ... I call on all men to join this movement.”
On International Women’s Day, she would thanked and appreciated all those who went before in creating the current policies. Hathaway said, “Let us honor them and build upon what they started by shifting our language, and therefore our consciousness, away from gender and towards opportunity.”
Hathaway wore a red dress by Hanako Maeda for ADEAM to show solidarity with the Women’s March, A Day Without a Woman, and those who abstained from work to protest and march on Wednesday.
This is Hathaway’s first speech at the U.N. since becoming a goodwill ambassador in June 2016. U.N. Women’s website noted that she planned on using the platform to “to raise awareness on the issue of unequal burden of care work in the home and advocate for affordable childcare services and shared parental leave.”