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LSE welcomes HeForShe #GetFree Tour for a conversation on gender equality


On Wednesday 7 October 2015 the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will host a panel discussion on gender equality as part of the HeForShe #GetFree tour.

Panellists will explore the challenge of building an inclusive living and learning environment at universities, and discuss the relevance and meaning of gender equality in the 21st century. Speakers at the event include: Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Executive Director of United Nations (UN) Women and Head of the #HeForShe Campaign, Lena Schofield, LSE Students’ Union’s Women’s Officer, Hilary Stauffer, Visiting fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE, and Douglas Booth, actor and UNHCR supporter. LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun will chair the discussion.

Professor Calhoun said,

“LSE is proud to participate in HeForShe’s #GetFree university tour.

LSE was founded 120 years ago for ‘the betterment of society’. In 2015 a firm commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion has never been higher on the School’s agenda.

HeForShe’s call to action is a powerful reminder that we share responsibility for achieving these objectives. In working towards improved representation and a more inclusive campus culture, LSE is committed to HeForShe’s goals to address inequalities, and build a just and equal world.”

HeForShe is a UN initiative which encourages men and women to participate in achieving gender equality. The movement was launched in March 2014 when actor Emma Watson, who gave a speech at the UN inviting men to get involved.

The HeForShe #GetFree Tour will be visiting campuses in different countries during 2015 and 2016 to raise awareness of gender equality and bring the conversation to young people around the world. The tour will encourage students to explore their understanding of gender issues and aims to inspire them to take a lead in advancing equality in their environments and communities.

The HeForShe #GetFree tour panel discussion is an LSE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce event open to all LSE staff and students.

For full details, please visit the LSE public events listing pages.

This event will be webcast live on the LSE website on LSE Live.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Taskforce was established in September 2015 to conduct a root-and-branch review of EDI issues at the School, to generate policy proposals, and to initiate changes around the institutional architecture and campus culture in order to maximise equity, diversity and inclusion across the School.

28 September 2015