The Archbishop of Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue, has endorsed the UN Women HeforShe Campaign that seeks to build a global solidarity movement for Gender Equality. Cardinal Njue signed up for the campaign during the Annual General meeting for the Catholic Men Association for the Archdiocese of Nairobi.
The HeforShe Campaign Was born after the realization that the advocacy for Gender Equality has to be inclusive of the society as a whole, men being at the forefront championing sustainable change. This campaign therefore, seeks to engage men as supporters and agents for change in the achievement of women rights.
Speaking during the launch for HeforShe Campaign in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Cardinal Njue said’ “The Catholic Church has never turned a blind eye from issues of gender inequalities which are also experienced in the Church because sometimes men and women forget that they cannot be fully human without one another. We are all equal in the eyes of God. Today I commit to supporting the HeforShe Campaign as a strategy to strengthen the call for gender equality which will go a long way in supporting Archdiocese of Nairobi boy-child initiative.”
In the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Caritas Nairobi through its Gender and Development Programme will promote the HeforShe Campaign following a partnership with the UN Women.
Speaking during the launch UN Women Zebib Kavuma said, “This campaign targets men and boys as stakeholders and advocates for the achievement of Gender equality and elimination of all forms of discrimination that women face”.
The global HeforShe Campaign was launched in September 2014 in New York by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In Kenya, this campaign was launched in November 2014 after President Uhuru Kenyattaa signed up. Kenya was the second country in Africa to launch after Rwanda.