Peggy Gou Teams Up With the UN Women's HeForShe Initiative, Debuts 'Shero': Exclusive

Jungwook Mok
Peggy Gou

Just as people in this world have far more in common than they have differences, so too are men and women as capable and ambitious as the other, and yet, in 2018, we still have to fight for equal rights in the United States and in most countries around the world. The United Nations wants to help in that fight, and UN Women's HeForShe initiative fights to bring accelerating education programs to female populations around the world.

Peggy Gou is one woman working her way to the top of a male dominated industry. The South Korean producer and DJ turned heads with her recent Once EP, which saw her singing over her beats for the first time. Today, she's back on her instrumental groove with a cool, classic house groove that's a little bit retro and a lot of dopeness, inspired by the HeForShe movement and women's struggle for equality around the world. It's been chosen as part of UN Women and the Needs charity's forthcoming HeForShe charitable compilation album.

"'Shero' is one of the most hypnotic beats I've made so far," Gou says in an emailed statement. "It has melodic arpeggios moving all around, on a repetitive drum groove. The track means a lot to me having been chosen for the #HeForShe gender equality campaign for UN Woman which I’m extremely proud and grateful to be a part of."

Needs004 x UN present HeForShe is a two-track release, featuring "Throwdown" from Juju & Jordash, via not-for-profit label Needs, which dedicates proceeds from releases and events to various organizations and causes to help the fight against mental health issues, homelessness and equality. It's out everywhere Monday, June 11, all profits from which go to the UN's HeForShe campaign. You can listen to Gou's "Shero" below, exclusively on Billboard Dance.