HeForShe Turns Two Gala - 9.20.16

On the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities recommitted to fast-tracking gender equality at UN Women’s HeForShe second anniversary event. The evening reception was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and co-hosted by three IMPACT 10X10X10 Champions: His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland; Bob Moritz, Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited; and Samuel L. Stanley Jr, President of Stony Brook University. “Empowering women and girls is not only the right thing to do. It is also a simple recipe for success. Just look at Finland: Gender equality has been key to my country's rise from poverty to prosperity," His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland said at the event. Showcasing stories of global activists, the event renewed momentum to create a gender equal world by or before 2030. Highlights from the night included stories about the impact of outlawing child marriage and sending girls back to school in Malawi; how HeForShe IMPACT scholarships are creating more opportunities for girls in the STEM fields; and what happens when college fraternity brothers unite to stop sexual assault. Photo Credit: UN Women USA Executive Assistant Arielle Hernandez Lavadenz