Emma Watson's UN invitation to equality

“Gender equality is men’s issue too” says Emma Watson. “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive and strong; we should all perceive gender are all on a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are we can all be freer.”

Emma Watson’s speech captivates and moves all her UN audience as she tells them that she now ranks among the kinds of women whose feminist expressions are seen as”

too strong, too aggressive, isolating and anti men – unattractive even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one.

“I am from Britain and I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counter parts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life.

I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men, but sadly I can say that there is no one country in the World where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the World can yet say that they have achieved gender equality. These rights I consider to be Human Rights.

But I am one of the lucky ones. My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter, my school did not limit me because I was a girl my mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influences were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today.

They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are changing the World today; we need more of those and if you still hate the word it is not the word that is important it’s the idea and the ambition behind it because not all women have received the same rights as I have; in fact statistically very few have been.”

Her talk came as she launched a new UN campaign called “HeForShe”, which aims to enlist the support of as many men as possible to help achieve equality between the sexes.

Watson continued that gender equality has not yet been reached in any country, stating that prejudices also comes with being a man.

“I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less ‘macho’ — I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.”

You can show your support by using HeForShe’s official hashtag #HeForShe

Mike Sandiford
Head of Partnerships
0207 193 9931

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