Lakshmi Puri

Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri puts a lapel pin of the "He For She" campaign on violin maestro Dr. L Subramaniam as his wife, Kavita Krishnamurthy, looks at during a brief ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York. (photo provided/Jay Mandal/On Assignment) 

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Women Nov. 4 honored internationally renowned violin maestro Dr. L. Subramaniam and his wife, noted Bollywood singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, by placing a lapel pin of "He For She" campaign on him and putting a wrist band in honor of her pledge to fight for gender equality.

Lakshmi Puri, UN assistant secretary general and deputy executive director of UN Women, praised the commitment of the musical couple for the causes dear to the organization.

Puri said ‘He For She’ is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of the women and to engage men and boys as agents of change by encouraging them to take action against negative inequalities faced by girls and women. Gender equality is an issue that affects all people — socially, economically and politically — and it seeks to effectively involve men and boys in the movement.

Krishnamurthy promised to take up issues such as gender equality, discrimination against women, education of the girl child, and Women's Campaign Planet 50-50 that provides equal opportunity to women in all areas such as employment, and achieve complete gender equity by 2030.

Ravi Karkara, strategic advisor to UN Women, said UN Women was glad to work with celebrities in India such as Sania Mirza in India to promote gender equality.

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