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Emma Watson Gives Powerful Speech For Gender Equality At World Economic Forum

Fri, January 23, 2015 4:52pm EDT by Chloe Melas 2 Comments

Emma gave one of the most empowering speeches we have ever heard during the 2015 World Economic Forum, Jan. 23, for the #HeForShe campaign.

Emma Watson is wise beyond her years of 24. The actress has been an advocate for gender equality and as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations, she is using her platform to raise awareness on the issue. She helped launch the HeForShe campaign in September of 2014 and she spoke about the overwhelmingly positive response during a press conference and her words were so inspiring!

Emma Watson Gives Powerful Speech For Gender Equality At World Economic Forum

Here are some of her remarks:

“The HeForShe conference was watched over 11 million times, sparking 1.2 billion social media conversations, culminating in the #HeForShe hashtag becoming so popular that Twitter painted it on the walls of its headquarters. And men from almost every country in the world signed up to our commitment. Everyone, from Desmond Tutu to Prince Harry to Hillary Clinton to Yoko Ono have issued their support or contacted us since Sept. 20. Everything from marathons being run, merchandise being created, 15-year-old boys writing to national newspapers deploring female discrimination, young girls collecting hundreds of signatures—it’s all happened in the last four months. I couldn’t have dreamed it, but it’s happened. Thank you so much.”

We are so glad that Emma is speaking out about the equality for women. She sat in front of international dignitaries and explained why this cause is so important and it’s as simple as signing a petition to get the ball rolling.

In case you still want to get a better idea of what this organization is, it was created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of
women, to get men to help women achieve their potential whether it’s in the home or work force.

“The achievement of gender equality requires an inclusive approach that recognizes the crucial role of men and boys as partners for women’s rights,” the site states. “And as having needs of
their own in the formulation of that balance. HeForShe invites men and boys to build on the work of the women’s movement as equal partners in the crafting and implementation of a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity.”

HollywoodLifers, you need to click here to learn more about HeForShe and get involved!

— Chloe Melas