Potter fans across the globe often associate Emma Watson's persona with her mind-bogglingly smart, undauntingly courageous, albeit fictional counterpart, Hermione Granger. I believe she is every bit as brilliant a character in real life as the one she plays on screen, if not more! Watson, a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, has launched a "HeForShe" campaign with the purpose of encouraging men to view gender inequity as an endemic social problem, that is as much their issue as their female counterparts'. "Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals", reasons the young ambassador. I find this a refreshing stance from the traditional, unidimensional women empowerment initiatives that, though well-intentioned and justified, lack inclusiveness in their approach.
Watson asserts her pro-feminism argument with her usual poise and eloquence - "I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. For the record, feminism by definition is: The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes."
Read the full speech below (or watch it here: http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/09/emma-watson-un-speech-feminism?mbid=social_fbshare ) to see why it merited a well deserved standing ovation from the UN. #wingardiumleviosa
Emma Watson delivered an inspiring speech about feminism at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, saying there is a need for more feminists in society and called on men to advocate gender equality. In her speech, Watson described her decision to become a feminist as “uncomplicated” but that she was shocked to find that society associated it with being “too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.” Near the end of her speech, Watson made a lighthearted reference to her Harry Potter fame by asking, “Why this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN?” — but she was quick to address the seriousness of her advocacy, saying: “All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something.”