he-for-she-logoToday is International Women’s Day #IWD2014 with the theme “Equality for women is progress for all” and UN Women has launched #HeforShe – a new equality branding campaign, in which men all over the world are being encouraged to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls.

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Here are a few photo moments depicting why we all need a #HeforShe campaign:

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“It’s an objective fact, that if you want to solve some of these huge, kind of bigger problems of extreme poverty, you have to include the women; They’re the ones who will get it done.” ~ Matt Damon founder of Water.org, a nonprofit group that provides access to safe water and sanitation in Africa, South Asia and Central America.

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Call to action:
You can start by tweeting the lines below to lend your voice.

Globally, women earn up to 30 percent less than men for the same work. #IWD2014 #HeforShe

How are men responsible for the imbalance women face? What can men do to change it? #IWD2014 #HeforShe

Educating women is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty, yet women make up 64% of the world’s illiterate. #IWD2014 #HeforShe

What would you say to a man who thinks educating girls is a waste of time? #IWD2014 #HeforShe

Every day, almost 800 women die from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth. #IWD2014 #HeforShe

How would it make you feel if a woman you loved was dying in childbirth and no one would help her? #IWD2014 #HeforShe

One in three women are subjected to violence in their lifetime.What can men do to end violence against women and girls? #IWD2014 #HeforShe

Do you know a woman who is good at resolving conflict? #IWD2014 #HeforShe

How would it affect world affairs if more women were involved in decision making on the global level? #IWD2014 #HeforShe

Globally, only 1 in 5 lawmakers is a woman. Do you think policy-making would improve if this is more balanced? #IWD2014 #HeforShe

Do you think men have a responsibility in ending gender inequality? Where does that start for you? #IWD2014 #HeforShe

Quotes:

“A society that will not honor its women is a society that will be lost in the woods for a long time.” ~ Obiageli Ezekwesili.

“Men and boys, we show our manhood through the way we treat our women. Our wives, our sisters, our mothers.” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“I have a daughter that I would give my life to protect, a wife that means the world to me, a mother that made me the man that I am. Anything that is done for any woman is less than what she deserves for the role they play in our lives.” ~ Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth)

Photo Credits: HeforShe and UN Women