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Emma Watson speaks out on gender equality

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It’s not feminism we need. It is a worldwide commitment by all human beings to be advocates of change towards gender equality for all.

Walking the walk instead of just talking the talk, film star and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gave an inspiring speech on why both men and women need to take gender equality seriously, why being called bossy because you want to be independent is wrong, and why women should decide what they can do with their bodies.

Being strongly vocal about her opinions, Emma has shared her message through online avenues for the past six months. She tweeted her opinions regarding a sexist politician in Turkey and the recent celebrity nude phone hack – and her activist tweeting habits led to the crashing of the UN website.

Her activism doesn’t just have an online power however. Over the weekend, a passionate Watson gave a speech on women and gender in New York at the U.N. Headquarters for the launch of a new campaign called “HeForShe”.

The campaign aims to convince males to combine force with their female counterparts and end the inequalities that females are facing globally. The campaign is working to get one billion men involved.

She used her speech to effectively call to all men of the word to become allies and stand side by side with females to help them fight for equality.

Watson cited Hilary Clinton’s famous 1997 speech about female equality to an audience of which less than 30% was male.

“How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcomed to participate in the conversation. Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.”

Her goal is to abolish the two sides of male vs. female and create an alliance where combating gender inequality can become possible. It is time to end ‘man-hating’.

We applaud Ms Watson for saying what needed to be said — and welcome more men to do the same.

 

About Lauren Robinson

A Journalist at The Business Woman, Lauren has a solid passion for the world of writing. Previously working with Fairfax Regional Media and Bauer Media Group Lauren loves beauty, entertainment, lifestyle and human-interest stories.

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