Last week Emma Watson gave a speech at the UN introducing #HeForShe, a new solidarity movement for gender equality, to the world and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Her speech was remarkable, to say the least, clearing up the misconceptions of feminism and addressing the different challenges both women and face because of social standards. She has proven herself to be a well-rounded young woman who’s just as cool, intelligent and bada*s as Hermione Granger, if not even more powerful.
If not me, who? If not now, when?
In her speech, Emma expressed her motivation for taking a stand against the issue of gender inequality and why she feels it is her responsibility to be an activist today. At age 24, she is able to identify the opportunities that have been granted to her throughout her life, made possible by the support from her family and mentors, and she recognizes that not all girls are as fortunate as her.
Girls are still fighting for the right to education in some countries; they’re being punished and shot at for trying to go to school. Some girls are looked down on by their parents and are expected to never become successful independently; they should just aspire to get married to a guy with an established career. Girls are SOLD through trafficking and are being forced into terrible situations against their will; every time they leave their house there’s a chance they may be kidnapped and abused.
There’s no reasoning for it; there is no definite explanation as to why women and men should not have economic, social, and political equality… Or as to why women are treated inhumanly as if they have the worth of a material object; made to be used and manipulated at the owner’s discretion….Which is why a movement to bring worldwide awareness to this issue has been far overdue.
The #HeForShe movement for gender equality “brings together one half of humanity in support of the other of humanity, for the entirety of humanity.” It’s a call of action for men to take this pledge: “I commit to take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls.”
Yes. Men can be feminists too.
Currently 163,846 men have joined the #HeForShe movement and we need to spread the word about it to as many people as possible. Tell your boyfriend, your brothers, your dad, your professors, your best friends, your Twitter followers; EVERYONE you know about it and how they can join simply by typing their name and email here: http://www.heforshe.org/#take-action.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. – Emma Watson
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