On the evening of Monday 25 September 2018, iconic buildings and major landmarks across the globe turned off half of their lights as part of the HeForShe Movement’s latest campaign, illustrating the power lost when women are excluded from society, economies and communities.

UN Women’s HeForShe movement is partnering with world leaders to launch its new #MorePowerfulTogether campaign, sparking a global dialogue about gender equality in conjunction with the annual HeForShe IMPACT Summit. Skylines in major cities around the world did not shine as brightly, representing the power lost when the world excludes half its population.

The HeForShe #MorePowerfulTogether campaign invites men, and people of all genders, to stand in solidarity with women to advance gender equality, for the benefit of all. Un Women says that gender equality benefits everyone, but to get there everyone needs to come on board. Women’s full and equal representation marks one of the world’s largest untapped resources, as study after study shows that companies and societies not only benefit, but prosper, from gender equality.

The various buildings and landmarks around the world that participated include the Old Treasury Building in Melbourne, the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra, the Empire State Building in New York and Dublin City Hall in Ireland among various others.

UN Women Australia encourages everyone to join the global dialogue and help drive a conversation via social media using the hashtags #HeForShe and #MorePowerfulTogether.

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