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  • When I was a young person, I began my career as an actress.

  • Whenever my mother wasn't free to drive me into Manhattan for auditions, I would take

  • the train from suburban New Jersey and meet my fatherwho would have left his desk

  • at the law office where he workedand we would meet under the Upper Platform Arrivals

  • and Departures sign in Penn Station.

  • We would then get onto the subway together and, when we surfaced, he would ask meWhich

  • way is north?"

  • I wasn't very good at finding North at the beginning, but I auditioned fair amount and

  • so my Dad kept askingWhich way is north?"

  • Over time, I got better at finding it.

  • I was struck by that memory yesterday while boarding the plane to come here.

  • Not just by how far my life has come since then, but by how meaningful that seemingly

  • small lesson has been.

  • When I was still a child, my father developed my sense of direction and now, as an adult,

  • I trust my ability to navigate space.

  • My father helped give me the confidence to guide myself through the world.

  • In late March, last year, 2016, I became a parent for the first time.

  • I remember the indescribableand as I understand a pretty universalexperience of holding

  • my week-old son and feeling my priorities change on a cellular level.

  • I remember I experienced a shift in consciousness that gave me the ability to maintain my love

  • of career and cherish something else, someone else, so much, much more.

  • Like so many parents, I wondered how I was going to balance my work with my new role

  • as a parent, and in that moment, I remember that the statistic for the US's policy on

  • maternity leave flashed in my mind.

  • American women are currently entitled to 12 weeks' unpaid leave.

  • American men are entitled to nothing.

  • That information landed differently for me when, one week after my son's birth I could

  • barely walk.

  • That information landed different when I was getting to know a human who was completely

  • dependent on my husband and I for everything, when I was dependent on my husband for most

  • things, when we were relearning everything we thought we knew about our family and relationship.

  • It landed differently.

  • Somehow, we and every American parent were expected to beback to normalin under

  • three months.

  • Without income.

  • I remember thinking to myself, “If the practical reality of pregnancy is another mouth to feed

  • in your home and America is a country where most people are living paycheck to paycheck,

  • how does 12 weeks unpaid leave economically work?”

  • The truth is, for too many people it doesn't.

  • One in four American women go back to work two weeks after giving birth because they

  • can't afford to take any more time off than that.

  • That's 25 per cent of American women.

  • Equally disturbing, women who can afford to take the full 12 weeks often don't because

  • it will mean incurring a “motherhood penalty”— meaning they will be perceived as less dedicated

  • to their job and will be passed over for promotions and other career advancement.

  • In my own household, my mother had to choose between a career and raising three children

  • - a choice that left her unpaid and underappreciated as a homemaker - because there just wasn't

  • support for both paths.

  • The memory of being in the city with my Dad is a particularly meaningful one since he

  • was the sole breadwinner in our house, and my brothers and my time with him was always

  • limited by how much he had to work.

  • And we were an incredibly privileged familyour hardships were the stuff of other

  • family's dreams.

  • The deeper into the issue of paid parental leave I go, the clearer I see the connection

  • between persisting barriers to women's full equality and empowerment, and the need to

  • redefine and in some cases, destigmatize men's role as caregivers.

  • In other words, in order to liberate women, we need to liberate men.

  • The assumption and common practice that women and girls look after the home and the family

  • is a stubborn and very real stereotype that not only discriminates against women, but

  • limits men's participation and connection within the family and society.

  • These limitations have broad-ranging and significant effects, for them and for children.

  • We know this.

  • So why do we continue to undervalue fathers and overburden mothers?

  • Paid parental leave is not about taking days off work; it is about creating freedom to

  • define roles, to choose how to invest time, and to establish new, positive cycles of behavior.

  • Companies that have offered paid parental leave for employees have reported improved

  • employee retention, reduced absenteeism and training costs, and boosted productivity and

  • morale.

  • Far from not being able to afford to have paid parental leave, it seems we can't afford

  • not to.

  • In fact, a study in Sweden showed that every month fathers took paternity leave, the mothers'

  • income increased by 6.7 per cent.

  • That's 6.7 per cent more economic freedom for the whole family.

  • Data from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey shows that most fathers report

  • that they would work less if it meant that they could spend more time with their children.

  • And picking up on the thread that the prime minister mentioned I'd like to ask: How many

  • of us here today saw our Dads enough growing up?

  • How many of you Dads here see your kids enough now?

  • We need to help each other if we are going to grow.

  • Along with UN Women, I am issuing a call to action for countries, companies and institutions

  • globally to step-up and become champions for paid parental leave.

  • In 2013, provisions for parental leave were in only 66 countries out of 190 UN member

  • states.

  • I look forward to beginning with the UN itself which has not yet achieved parity and who's

  • paid parental leave policies are currently up for review.

  • All you're going to see a lot of me.

  • Let us lead by example in creating a world in which women and men are not economically

  • punished for wanting to be parents.

  • I don't mean to imply that you need to have children to care about and benefit from this

  • issuewhether or not you haveor want kids, you will benefit by living in a more

  • evolved world with policies not based on gender.

  • We all benefit from living in a more compassionate time where our needs do not make us weak,

  • they make us fully human.

  • Maternity leave, or any workplace policy based on gender, canat this moment in historyonly

  • ever be a gilded cage.

  • Though it was created to make life easier for women, we now know it creates a perception

  • of women as being inconvenient to the workplace.

  • We now know it chains men to an emotionally limited path.

  • And it cannot, by definition, serve the reality of a world in which there is more than one

  • type of family.

  • Because in the modern world, some families have two daddies.

  • How exactly does maternity leave serve them?

  • Today, on International Women's Day, I would like to thank all those who went before in

  • creating our current policieslet us honour them and build upon what they started by shifting

  • our language - and therefore our consciousnessaway from gender and towards opportunity.

  • Let us honor our own parents sacrifice by creating a path for a more fair, farther the

  • reaching truth to define all of our lives, especially the lives our children.

  • Because paid parental leave does more than give more time for parents to spend with their

  • kids.

  • It changes the story of what children observe, and will from themselves imagine possible.

  • I see cause for hope.

  • In my own country, the United Statescurrently the only high-income country in the world

  • without paid maternity let alone parental leavegreat work has begun in the states

  • of New York, California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington which are currently

  • implementing paid parental leave programs.

  • First Lady Charlene McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio have granted paid parental leave

  • to over 20,000 government employees in NYC.

  • We can do this.

  • Bringing about change cannot just be the responsibility of those who need it most; we must have the

  • support of those at the highest levels of power if we are ever to achieve parity.

  • That is why it is such an honor to recognize and congratulate pioneers of paid parental

  • leave like the global company Danone.

  • Today I am proud to announce Danone Global CEO, Emmanuel Faber as our inaugural HeForShe

  • Thematic Champion for Paid Parental Leave.

  • As part of this announcement, Danone will implement a global 18 weeks gender-neutral

  • paid parental leave policy for the company's 100,000 employees by the year 2020.

  • Monsieur Faber, when Ambassador Emma Watson delivered her now iconic HeForShe speech and

  • stated that if we live in a world where men occupy a majority of positions of power, we

  • need men to believe in the necessity of change, I believe she was speaking about visionaries

  • like you.

  • Merci.

  • Imagine what the world could look like one generation from now if a policy like Danone's

  • becomes the new standard.

  • If 100,000 people become 100 million.

  • A billion.

  • More.

  • Every generation must find their north.

  • When women around the world demanded the right to vote, we took a fundamental step toward

  • equality.

  • North.

  • When the same sex marriage was passed in the US, we put an end to a discriminatory law.

  • North.

  • When millions of men and boys when millions of men and boys and prime ministers and deputy

  • directors of the UN, sorry, the president of the General Assembly.

  • That's what happens when I go out of the script.

  • When men like the men in this room and around the world.

  • The ones we cannot see.

  • The ones who support us in ways we cannot know but we feel.

  • When they answered Emma Watson's call to be HeForShe, the world grew.

  • North.

  • We must ask ourselves, how will we be more tomorrow than we are today?

  • The whole world grows when people like you and me take a stand because we know that beyond

  • the idea of how women and men are different, there is a deeper truth that love is love,

  • and parents are parents.

  • Thank you.

When I was a young person, I began my career as an actress.

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