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HeForShe University Tour will take place in Ukraine for the first time: a student project on stereotypes and discrimination

15 September 2021

The HeForShe movement in Ukraine is launching a dialogue with students on gender equality

The UN Women's HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality is going on a University Tour, which will feature five universities in Ukraine. The HeForShe University Tour has already taken place in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Thailand. After the Tours, HeForShe-clubs were created in universities — places of concentration and discussion platforms for caring youth. September 16-29, Ukrainian students and teachers will talk about stereotypes, sexism, discrimination and violence.

Cases of sexism and stereotypes are still encountered by most people in the world. About half of the world's population is Generation Z under the age of 30. And according to a recent global study by the HeForShe movement, gender equality is one of the top five issues for them.

Students often find themselves in situations that weaken their faith in themselves, prevent them from expressing their personality freely or realizing their ambitions, desires and dreams in the future. The reason for this can be both domestic sexism and harassment or even violence, which are sometimes silenced.

As part of the HeForShe University Tour, there will be the premiere of educational movie with the participation of the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova, singer Dmytro Shurov, singer Alina Pash, journalist Michael Schur, host and director of the Wild Theater Yaroslava Kravchenko, designer Ivan Frolov, ReFace Head of product and growth Maria Ponomarchuk, official makeup artist of Maybelline NY in Ukraine Mitya Hrybko and football referee Sofia Prychyna. Specially for Ukrainian students, they shared their stories about stereotypes, the search for inner confidence and freedom from the opinions of others. After watching the film, students will have the opportunity to discuss the topics of discrimination, sexism, tolerance and gender equality with experts, opinion leaders and friends of the HeForShe movement.

Tour schedule:

  • September 16 – Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Chernivtsi
  • September 17 – Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Lviv
  • September 22 – National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv
  • September 27 – Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs, Dnipro
  • September 29 – Donetsk State University of Internal Affairs, Mariupol

Since October 1, the film will be publicly available on the Youtube platform, and everyone will be able to organize screenings in their educational institutions and youth organizations.

Find more information on the HeForShe University Tour website


Created by UN Women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. Since its launch in 2014, hundreds of thousands of men from around the world including Heads of State, CEOs, and global luminaries, from all walks of life have committed to gender equality. The HeForShe movement in Ukraine is implemented with the financial support of Sweden.


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