HeForShe is a global solidarity movement for gender equality launched by UN Women in September 2014.

The University of Oxford is one of ten international universities to join the campaign. As a university champion, Oxford has pledged to increase the number of women in senior positions, to build on work creating a safer campus for the whole community and to promote gender equality among its peers in the world’s research-intensive universities.

“Addressing gender equality and ensuring that Oxford is a safe and inclusive space for all our students have been among my main priorities. We have already agreed targets for improving the representation of women in academic roles and we will now consider under the HeForShe campaign how we can achieve greater equality for women across all areas of our work.”

Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice Chancellor

Oxford’s first commitment is to achieve significant representation of women in senior academic and leadership roles across the University. The initial target is at least 30 per cent of women on its senior decision-making bodies and in professorial roles. Evidence shows that a critical mass of at least 30 per cent women is needed to achieve further positive impacts. Achieving the target will build on the University’s existing success under Athena SWAN.

Secondly, Oxford has pledged to extend its work in creating a safe University environment, going beyond its work on introducing a revised Harassment Policy and Procedure. Sexual Consent Workshops run by Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) will be compulsory for all new undergraduate students and available to all graduate students; and the University will extend the pioneering student-run Good Lad initiative, which teaches positive masculinity and respect to male students, to include mixed sports clubs as well as male-only ones.

UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. HeForShe is a global solidarity movement that calls upon men and boys to take action and advocate for gender equality. The campaign strengthens the support for women’s rights as human rights, by enlisting men as advocates for gender equality.