Emma Watson, who recently graduated from Brown University fulfilled her first official duty as UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador. She addressed the UN headquarters in New York city as part of the UN’s HeForShe campaign promoting gender equality.

‘The movement of gender equality was originally conceived as a struggle led only by women for women. In recent years men have begun to stand-up in addressing inequalities and discrimination faced by women and girls.’

UN Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Mgcuka said of Ms Watson’s new role appointed to her in July of this year: “We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women. The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century and I am convinced that Emma’s intellect and passion will enable UN Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally”

Ms Watson addressed both men and women stressing the challenges that women still face around the world. She urged men to take a more active role towards gender equality and fair treatment saying: “Gender equality is your issue too. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by the distorted sense of what constitutes male success…. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.”

She spoke about hardships women have to face daily: “…I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I am should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved, on my behalf, in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.”

Gender equality IS everyone’s issue! Men should stand-up to equal and fair treatment and rights for  both genders and take an active role in promoting that. We should all take action against all forms of abuse and violence faced by women and girls.

Watch Emma’s much-applauded speech here:

 

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