After British star Emma Watson delivered an impassioned speech about gender inequality at the United Nations on September 20, she received the support of some very famous men. If you look on social media, specifically Twitter, a few very well-known men are impressed with what the former Harry Potter actress had to say.
During her speech, Watson introduced the “He for She” initiative, which is aimed at ending gender inequality.
“Today we are launching a campaign called ‘HeForShe.’
“I am reaching out to you because I need your help. We want to end gender inequality—and to do that we need everyone to be involved.
“This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality. And we don’t just want to talk about it, but make sure it is tangible.”
Emma Watson is not a stranger to women’s rights issues, and has supported education for girls during trips to Bangladesh and Zambia. She is a recent graduate of Brown University, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Watson was appointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador in July of this year.
As such, the 24-year-old says the more she is involved in talking about feminism and women’s rights, especially the more she realizes it is a topic that needs to be discussed. Watson is not alone in her beliefs, and her words have reached some of fellow male celebrities. Tom Hiddleston, Russell Crowe, and Logan Lerman are some of the guys that have come out in support of Emma’s campaign.
Emma Watson’s speech at the U.N. made headlines all around the world, and struck a cord with both men and women. Even though her speech was directed toward men and boys, the British actress appealed to both genders with her words.
“I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.”
At the conclusion of the powerful speech, Emma Watson confessed she was nervous — and it showed with her shaky voice — about its delivery and the reaction it would garner. “I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, to be the ‘he’ for ‘she.’ And to ask yourself if not me, who? If not now, when?”
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