Statement on the assassination of His Excellency and HeForShe Champion Shinzo Abe
It is with great sadness that we received the news of the tragic passing of His Excellency Mr. Abe Shinzo, the former Prime Minister of Japan.
As an inaugural HeForShe Champion, he was a man of vision who contributed immensely to enhancing women’s participation and advancement in society. He dedicated himself to creating “'A Society where Women Shine' and led organizing a World Assembly for Women (WAW!), which UN Women was honored to attend every year. His leadership, personal commitment and dedication for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, both in and beyond Japan, were highly recognized and appreciated throughout his tenure as a HeForShe Champion.
The entirety of UN Women and HeForShe movement share with the bereaved family, the government and the people of Japan, the feelings of great loss at this moment of deep sorrow. Please join us in extending our heart-felt condolences.