Yesterday, Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s campaign that actively works to empower adolescent girls around the globe, launched a new campaign for gender equality, the #DadSquad. #DadSquad is a group of men who are turning the spotlight on the incredible girls in their lives who are changing the world. The #DadSquad is for dads, father figures, and men who are allies for gender equality. Now until Father’s Day, Girl Up will be sharing Dad’s stories about how their daughters and the women in their lives are changing the world.
As a Girl Up Board Advisor and active champion of gender equality, The Harris Poll CEO, John Gerzema joined the #DadSquad along with other great dads like Jamie Foxx, Nigel Barker, Tony Goldwyn, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Mark Towery, and Mohammed Farshori to empower other Dad’s globally to join the force to accelerate girl changemakers around the world.
Girl Up’s #DadSquad campaign comes at a turning point in our society for women’s equality. Just last month for International Women’s Day, The Harris Poll conducted a survey that investigated the public’s opinion on the best ways to further the equality of women. Our survey showed that for the majority of men and parents alike, celebrating women’s achievements was reported as the most effective way to bring about real and lasting change and also the number one way in which men and parents said they feel they can have the biggest impact.
Subsequently, the poll also revealed there is a lot of work to be done; 66% of parents and 70% of men said changing others’ beliefs and actions would be the hardest to accomplish when it comes to women’s equality. Thankfully, the Girl Up #DadSquad campaign will work to challenge the status quo by sharing the perspectives of Dad’s globally who know girls have the power to change the world.
You can join the #DadSquad by donating to Girl Up in support of our programs that train girls to be changemakers. Click here to learn more.