Warning: This speech is mind blowing and could have you dancing like Beyonce.
Feminism has a new chick on the block and people are rejoicing everywhere. Shock! She is not a hairy man-hating. Bra burning woman that is often associated with Feminism, but rather the actress is quite the contrary. Emma Watson, who recently became a UN Women Goodwill ambassador yesterday helped launch the #HeForShe Campaign and gave a speech which is sure to echo through Feminism history. The HeForShe campaign aims to have 100,000 male on board to assist with fighting gender inequality.
During a 13-minute speech, the Harry Potter actress at the UN New York headquarters called on women and men alike to reclaim Feminism as a benefit to the international community and is an uncomplicated movement to work towards eliminate gender inequality. As the star explained Feminism moves towards liberating both sexes from stereotypes that gender is categories into.
“I was appointed six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.”
As the actress put in an empowering manner, Feminism is not a ‘man-hating’ movement and it is time to ban the word “bossy” when it comes to women achieving. (she was labelled “bossy” at age eight when she tried to direct a play) Watson described the HeForShe movement, which has been created for me to speak up against the oppression of women as a “solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other of humanity, for the entirety of humanity”.
As the star pointed out so eloquently, both men and women should have the freedom to feel sensitive and strong, rather than been defined by gender as an oppressing part of our identity.
Emma is just one young woman who Runs The Word… fighting for gender equality as an inspiring role model for young people and beyond.
To read the full speech, entitled Gender Equality is Your Issue Too, is published by the UN :