Emma Watson launches UN campaign for gender equality

Emma Watson spoke for 15 minutes without looking at her notes as she spoke at the launch of the UN’s HeForShe initiative.

Campaigners from the UN Women initiative are aiming to get 100,000 men and boys from around the world involved in the fight to achieve gender equality.

“The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” said the Harry Potter star.

“If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”

She added that she considered herself a feminist, but that the word itself now has negative connotations.

“For the record, feminism by definition is: the belief that men and women should have equal http://cialisfrance24.com rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes,” she said.

“I started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight I was confused at being called ‘bossy,’ because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents, but the boys were not.

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“I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”

“A good university is like a tiny utopia — it’s a miniature model of how the whole of society could look,” Emma, a graduate of Brown University who has also attended Oxford, said in a statement.

“All our IMPACT Champions have chosen to make gender parity a central part of the way they educate their students.”

The 10 schools participating in the IMPACT initiative are:

Georgetown University, USA
Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France
Nagoya University, Japan
Stony Brook University, USA
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The University of Leicester, U.K.
University of Oxford, U.K.
The University of São Paulo, Brazil
The University of Waterloo, Canada
The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson co-hosted a special event launching the HeForShe campaign from the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday.

“The event aims to kick-start a global solidarity movement in support of women’s rights and full equality between women and men,” and “will put men at the center of activism and dialogue to end persistent inequalities faced by women and girls around the world.

Over the next 12 months, the campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change for gender equality.”

A highlight of the event was the unveiling of the HeForShe map, “a real-time map with a geo locator that captures men’s engagement with the initiative around the world.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the first goal of mobilizing 100,000 people and became the first member by activating the map. I am number 64. What is your number?

Some photos from the event

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