Today, most news stories about celebrities aren’t exactly casting their actions in a positive light. Luckily, there are some very glowing exceptions, such as Emma Watson. Not only was the former Harry Potter star recently named as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, but Emma Watson has also been creating quite a buzz with her stance on gender equality.
As a recent Vanity Fair article stated, “though the ripples of her involvement over the past few months can be seen online (such as crashing the U.N. website), Watson’s power in person is an entirely different matter.” Never was this more apparent than on September 20, 2014 when Watson delivered a standing ovation worthy speech on gender equality issues at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Her speech helped to launch the “HeforShe” Campaign, a solidarity movement for gender equality that is designed to encourage men to take a stand for gender equality. Saying that the “man hating” must stop, she asks for help to bring positivity back to the word feminism.
Watson views this campaign as an important step towards allowing men and women to truly be who they are, regardless of their gender. She hopes men and boys from around the world will join the campaign and become advocates for change, not only for the women in their lives, but also for themselves. From policy making, sexualization, pay in the workforce, personal decisions, to social respect, humans should have equal treatment and rights.
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.”
“If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are – we can all be freer and this is what “HeforShe” is about. It’s about freedom,” Watson stated in her U.N. speech.