Nagoya University is proud to be a HeForShe IMPACT Champion

Nagoya University Kickoff Symposium on the Promotion of the HeForShe campaign


What is HeForShe?


  • Gender inequality is one of the most persistent human rights violations of our time. Despite many years of promoting gender equality, inequalities among women/girls and men/boys continue to manifest in egregious ways around the world
  • HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that engages men and boys as advocates and stakeholders, to break the silence, raise their voices and take action for the achievement of gender equality
  • Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue that affects all of us – women and girls, men and boys. We all benefit socially, politically and economically from gender equality in our everyday lives. When women are empowered, the whole of humanity benefits. Gender equality liberates not only women but also men, from prescribed social roles and gender stereotypes.


HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality developed by UN Women to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights. The campaign encourages them to speak out and take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.


The overall goal of the campaign is to spread awareness and spark action on the responsibility that men and boys have in eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and violence against women and girls.

Additional goals include:

  • Engage UN Women and UN entities and their country offices to develop sustainable, transformative programs for the full participation of men and boys in support of gender equality
  • Collaborate with government officials, men’s organizations and other civil society organizations, universities and schools to create and promote HeForShe events and campaigns within their local communities
  • Inspire people to take action against gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls
  • Create a platform to highlight as role models, men and boys who are taking a stand against gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls globally.


  • Much has been achieved by the feminist movement and women’s rights organizations in promoting gender equality to this day; however, progress has been uneven between and among countries with pervasive gender-based discrimination continuing in every country and region;
  • It is the time to capitalize on the recognition that women’s empowerment is essential for inclusive economic growth, social cohesion and social justice, environmental balance, and for progress in all spheres of life;
  • Men and boys need to be part of the global movement to promote women’s rights both as advocates and stakeholders, who need to change to make gender equality a reality for all. This is not about women or men, it is about crafting a shared vision of human progress for all – about creating a solidarity movement between women and men for the achievement of gender equality.

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» HeForShe official website

Impact 10x10x10

The HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 is an initiative that aims to engage an initial 10 governments, corporations and universities around the world in activities to achieve gender equality. The initiative prioritizes legislative bodies and corporations in view of the gender inequality that exists in these areas, confirmed by findings from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2014. The report highlights a large current gap between men and women in terms of political engagement and opportunity and little improvement in equality for women in the workplace since 2006. Universities join the impact trio because youth engagement represents one of the greatest opportunities for accelerating progress toward the achievement of gender equality, and for ending violence against women.

The companies and universities engaged in 10x10x10 were selected based on their reputation for strong ethical practices, their demonstrated excellence in public service, their global reach and relevance, and their willingness to use their influence to drive and inspire change.

The Champion universities have made concrete commitments including: advancing women in academia, addressing campus violence, building gender-sensitive campuses, and tackling pervasive biases towards women and men. Their specific commitments can be found at

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» Impact 10x10x10 | HeForShe official website
» Press release: UN Women launches HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative | UN Women

Our Commitment

Build a Center for Gender Equality to serve as a home for the gender equality movement at Nagoya

As the first Japanese university to establish a university-wide committee and an exclusive office to promote gender quality, Nagoya University is a nationwide leader on this topic. Nagoya will remain at the cutting edge, by creating a Center for Gender Equality on its own campus. The Center for Gender Equality will promote gender equality and host a gender library of 10,000 books. Slated to open in 2018, the Center for Gender Equality will serve as a hub for gender equality in Japan, driving campus-, city- and country-wide change.

Drive parity from the top, increasing the representation of women in leadership positions to 20% by 2020

Nagoya’s creative approach to supporting female faculty members has already paid dividends; their women-only positions in natural science subjects have nearly doubled the representation of women in these roles. Using this success as a platform for parity, Nagoya will scale and strengthen female-only roles, create dedicated programs for female PhD students, and dedicated mentoring programs, to achieve 20% of women in faculty and leadership / administration positions by 2020 (a 25% increase from today).

Work with the government and private sector to champion gender equality across Japan

In 2004, Nagoya established a forum to promote gender equality in Aichi prefecture. Much like the IMPACT 10x10x10, the group comprises private sector, academia, and public sector actors; the tri-sector group has launched effective programs including gender sensitization seminars, and science outreach for high school girls. Going forward, Nagoya will scale the program with a strategic focus on two key pillars: effective career support for women students, and joint research opportunities for women researchers. By 2020, Nagoya will engage five companies, five universities, 10 government funding schemes1 and 20 mentorship / leadership programs2, to promote HeForShe and gender equality across Japan.

» Dr. Seiichi Matsuo - University Impact Champion | HeForShe official website