2016 : HEFORSHE

TYPE:
CAMPAIGN
DATE OF ISSUE:
8 March 2016
ISSUED BY:
US POSTAL ADMINISTRATION / India Post
TOTAL STAMPS PRINTED:
0.5 million (India Post) 0.62 million (UNPA)
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The HeForShe stamps were issued on International Women’s Day 2016 as a tenant, or side-by-side pairs, with half of a man’s face on a 5-rupee stamp and half of a woman’s face on a 25-rupee stamp.

This was the first time instance of the India Post and the UN Postal Administration coming together for the issuance of stamps.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second right) Narendra Modi (right), Prime Minister of India met and endorsed HeForShe in 2015 . On the left is Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

“The joint issuance of the stamps demonstrates the commitment of
the United Nations and the Government of India in addressing
together the universal problem of gender inequality”
“The joint issuance of the stamps demonstrates the commitment of the United Nations and the Government of India in addressing together the universal problem of gender inequality”
- Pranab Mukherjee,
President of India

The stamps marked the HeForShe campaign launched by UN Women in 2014 with the ambitious goal to mobilize a billion men and boys as advocates of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The HeForShe campaign invited men and boys to build on the work of the women’s movement as equal partners, crafting and implementing a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity.

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H.E. Hirubalan V P and Dr. AKP Mochtan receive a #HeForShe pin from UN Women Deputy Director
Ms. Puri at ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, 2016. Photo: UN Women



Ambassador Lakshmi Puri, former Assistant Secretary General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director,
reminisces on the HeForShe campaign and the stamp issue in this special interview.
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UN Women Asia and the Pacific Representative Dr. Rebecca Reichmann Tavares at the stamps launch event at India Post Headquarters, March 8 2016.
Photo: UN Women/Rineeta Nalik.

UNIFEM (that predates UN Women) began its work in India in 1989. In July 2010, UN Women commenced its work, in line with the UN General Assembly resolution that created UN Women, with India as a founding member. UN Women works closely with the government of India and other partners and stakeholders for advancing gender equality and strengthening women’s rights. It also coordinates the UN system’s work on advancing gender equality in India.