Why We Need to #ActForEqual

Despite some progress, no country has achieved gender equality and women’s rights are still undermined around the world.

The pandemic has threatened existing progress and with less than a decade left to achieve Goal 5 (Gender Equality), we must take action today to secure a better tomorrow for women and girls everywhere. As we begin to recover from Covid, we must put gender equality at the heart of our recovery plans.

Between 30th of June - 2nd July, world leaders will gather in Paris for the Generation Equality Forum – the biggest forum for women and girls in recent history. This Forum gives us the opportunity to accelerate transformative change for gender equality.

 

Ahead of the Forum, inspirational activists and leaders have come together in a new film. ‘#ActForEqual - Generations Together’ - produced in collaboration with Project Everyone and UN Women - delivers a key message; that we want to live in a world where women’s rights are equal rights and where every girl and woman can make their voices heard and achieve their dreams.

The film brings together people from across generations and sectors from 7 year-old Sama to renowned activists and leaders like Leymah Gbowee, and Chair of the Elders Mary Robinson to prominent figures such as Megan Rapinoe, Winston Duke and Jazz Jennings to grassroots campaigners; each contributing to the message of why we need to #ActForEqual. 

Notable leaders, activists and celebrities in the film include:

  • YouTube star, Jazz Jennings who is one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as transgender. Jazz’s #ActForEqual message is ‘we deserve to be treated equally and respected for who we are.’
  • Peace activist Leymah Gbowee who is responsible for leading the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Leymah’s #ActForEqual message is ‘we need more women at the peace table’.
  • Former President of Ireland, UN High Commissioner on Human Right and Chair of The Elders, Mary Robinson also joined the #ActForEqual campaign to share her message that ‘we shouldn't have to smash glass ceilings.’ 
  • TikTok influencer and author, Evie Meg who - through her educational and funny videos -  raises awareness and debunks myths and stigma surrounding Tourette's syndrome. Evie added her voice by saying ‘let’s break down barriers and change perceptions.’

 

The full cast list is: Sama Katurji, Hajer Sharief, Khothalang Leuta, Winston Duke, Megan Rapinoe, Nadine Gasman, Chamathya Fernando, Leymah Gbowee, Muniba Mazari, Zidane Cruz, Tatiana Calderon, Gitanjali Rao, Bonita Sharma, Kyzzhibek Batyrkanova, Tarcila Rivera Zea, Ixchel Maria Jose Lucas Adolfo, Delphine O, Mary Robinson, Cecilia Moyoviri, Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Jazz Jennings, Evie Meg, Sandra Sanchez, King Kaka, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 

 

We want to hear from you! Share the film, join our TikTok challenge and tell us why you think we need to #ActForEqual