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President Higgins announces intention to resume initiatives as part of UN HeForShe campaign

Date: Sun 23rd Jan, 2022 | 12:45

President Michael D. Higgins has today reissued a speech he delivered in March 2016 celebrating UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign and SAFE Ireland's MAN UP Campaign. In reissuing the speech, he has said that it is his intention to shortly resume initiatives in support of the HeForShe campaign, taking account of new circumstances both nationally and internationally.

President Higgins committed to being a HeForShe Champion in 2015 at the invitation of then-UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. 

Eight years since the campaign’s launch, UN Women are currently planning to announce the next stage of the HeForShe initiative in New York on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022. Ahead of the announcement, this weekend President Higgins discussed the importance of the campaign with Ireland’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason.

The President intends to issue further details of his plans on Brigid’s Day.