Sonatel Group joins the HeForShe campaign
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
"By 2020, we would like to achieve a 50/50 gender parity within the Sonatel Group. I believe it is possible” Mr. Ndiaye declared in his speech. "I remain totally convinced that performance increases when a team is diverse and mixed”. “We commit to achieving gender parity and we are reaffirming our commitment to UN Women” he added. In his remarks, Mr. Ndiaye stressed that civic engagement is a key strategic priority in Sonatel’s development and expansion policies, and is at the root of the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility section. He also emphasized that gender equality should no longer be seen as an issue exclusively for women. Concluding his remarks, Mr. Ndiaye reiterated the group's commitment to engaging in collaborative partnerships with institutions such as UN Women.
Presenting the campaign’s achievements in the west and central Africa region, including the number of registered members (458.879) on the campaign’s online platform (HeForShe.org), as well as its objectives across the region and continent, Mr. de Ville concluded by reaffirming UN Women’s commitment to working with organizations such as Sonatel. "With you, and all the actors who mobilize in favor of the HeForShe, we hope to reach the goal of one billion signatures on the platform" he added.
Across the region, the heads of states of Senegal, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone have officially subscribed to HeForShe pledge. Internationally renowned artists such as Youssou Ndour (Senegal) and Salif Keita (Mali) have also supported the campaign. UN Women has hosted official HeForShe Campaign launches in Senegal, Cabo Verde, Liberia and Mali.
The "HeForShe" campaign is a solidarity movement for gender equality, initiated by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). It was officially launched September 20, 2014 by the British actress Emma Watson, during a special event at the United Nations Headquarters. The campaign aims to mobilize one billion men in favor of gender equality. To date, 458.879 people have signed the HeForShe.