As a consequence of the global COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people now find themselves indoors. Gender inequalities, particularly of women in the home, are becoming increasingly apparent when it comes to housework, cleaning and caring for children, the sick or the elderly. With billions of people trapped at home, reports of domestic violence are rising. In responding to the outbreak, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector and do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men.
In response to the increased burden of care work and increased reports of domestic violence during COVID-19, UN Women has launched #HeForSheAtHome campaign. We are encouraging men to create respectful relationships at home and do their equal part when it comes to housework. This is a call to invite men and boys - husbands, partners, brothers, sons, roommates, to join our challenge and inspire more men to do their equal part. Help us create a new normal and shift gender norms by raising awareness, sharing your photos/videos and inspiring others to follow your lead.
For some women, staying at home during lockdown does not mean only mean more chores, but also unfortunately being locked up with an abusive partner.
As men, you can help. Check in with people you know. Be an active bystander. Call out and confront inappropriate behavior. Create a respectful environment at home.
Film yourself doing chores or taking care of your children and post it on your favorite social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok - with the hashtag #HeForSheAtHome and tagging @unwomenasia (don't forget to make your post public!).
Post your video/photo and share, inspire others to be like you!
Join our supporters, celebrities, vloggers and others:
Big Thank you to singer-songwriter Singto Numchok; lead singer of pop band Jetset’er - Tee Pipitpol; Comedians Ple Nakorn and Tuk Boriboon; footballer Pongpisut Pue-On; Parenting bloggers Litter Monster and Happy Mommy Dairy and HeForShe advocates Cindy Bishop and Woody Milintachinda as well as many more everyday dads and sons who have shared their creativity through the video-sharing platform as well as their inspiring stories with us. Let's make this COVID-19 a new beginning for men and boys everywhere in accelerating gender equality.
Our #HeForSheAtHome participants from TikTok Thailand
HeForShe is an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for a gender equal world. Created by UN Women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime