Emma Watson Once Again Restores Our Faith in Humanity With New Anti-Sexism Initiative
Speaking on behalf of UN Women (“the United Nations entity dedicated to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment”), Emma gave an inspiring speech explaining the initiative which aims “to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.”
The groundswell of response we have received in support for HeForShe tells us we are tapping into what the world wants: to be a part of change. Now we have to channel that energy into purposeful action. The pilot initiative provides that framework. Next we need all country leadership, as well as that of hundreds of universities and corporations to follow HeForShe’s IMPACT 10x10x10 so as to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.
She added, “It is my belief that there is a greater understanding than ever that women need to be equal participants in our homes, in our societies, in our governments, and in our work places.
“They know that the world is being held back in every way, because they are not. Women share this planet 50/50 and they are under-represented, their potential astonishingly untapped.”
The Harry Potter actress carries an incredible torch for feminists, striving to overturn backward stereotypes (i.e. “man-hating”) and misguided notions of women, calling into action men as well.
Ban Ki-moon, several other world leaders and Watson.
Ki-moon added, “This is everyone’s concern. Our world will not change until men think differently about their roles about what it means to be a man.”
Emma’s stirring message empowers women and men alike in order to achieve equal representation amongst the sexes, and is a powerful step in the direction of equality since her incredible speech at the UN announcing HeForShe campaign in September 2014.
Since the HeForShe campaign launched in New York last September, the response has been stunning and continues to thrive. Emma explained that the conference was watched over 11 million times, the hashtag has been used by 1.2 billion people, and was so popular Twitter even painted it on their wall. Additionally, men from almost every country in the world signed up for the commitment.