MARCH 03, 2017 – New York, New York, USA

MEDIA ADVISORY

UN WOMEN'S HeForShe ARTS WEEK KICKS OFF, BRINGING THE SPOTLIGHT ON GENDER EQUALITY

Film stars, world and local leaders and UN officials convene at the iconic Lincoln Center for the second year's launch of HeForShe Arts Week on International Women's Day

First launched in 2016 by UN Women's Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, UN HeForShe Arts Week initiative aims at raising awareness and funding for gender equality through the arts. Now in its second year, Arts events coincide with International Women's Day (March 8) and will be celebrated globally for a week - with events taking place worldwide, from Sao Paulo to Bangkok. HeForShe Arts Week New York 2017 will launch in partnership with Lincoln Center and the City of New York, with the presence of film stars, world and local leaders and UN officials, amongst others.

WHEN: International Women's Day: Wednesday, 8 March, 8:30 - 9:30 A.M.

WHERE: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY

WHO:

  • Bjarni Benediktsson, His Excellency, Prime Minister of Iceland & HeForShe IMPACT Champion
  • Edgar Ramirez, Actor & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
  • Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
  • Jill Kaplan, Publisher and Vice President, Crain's New York Business Chair, Women's Leadership Council, Lincoln Center Corporate Fund
  • Grace McLean, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winner
  • Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater

LIVESTREAM: www.HeForShe.org/ArtsWeek

Event photos available athttps://www.flickr.com/photos/heforshe/

Media wishing to attend the event should RSVP by March 6, 2017 to: HeForShe(at)unwomen(dot)org

General Public Admission : By invitation only

Join the conversation: Follow @HeForShe; @LincolnCenter @UN_Women on Twitter and share your messages using the hashtags #ArtsWeek #HeForShe #WomensDay

About UN Women 

UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which has enriched the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners for 40 years. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit LincolnCenter.org.

About UN Women HeForShe 

Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of 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. HeForShe invites people around the world to stand together as equal partners to craft a shared vision of a gender equal world and implement specific, locally relevant solutions for the good of all of humanity. For more information, visit www.heforshe.org/

About HeForShe Arts Week 

UN Women's HeForShe Arts Week provides a unique opportunity for arts and cultural institutions in cities around the world to support the achievement of gender equality, engaging with UN Women's critical mission to make equality a reality in this lifetime. HeForShe Arts Week is celebrated annually from March 8-15, during which time partner institutions, highlight efforts towards gender equality and Women's rights, and support UN Women's work by donating a percentage of proceeds. For more information, visit:www.heforsheartsweek.org/

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