Emma Watson has made headlines once again in her role as U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Equality as she made a stirring and poignant speech at the U.N. this past weekend. Speaking about equality and feminism, The Harry Potter actress spoke to launch the HeForShe campaign which implores men to fight for women’s rights and to acknowledge that men get a raw deal too when the genders aren’t equal. She also argues that we need to drop the idea that being a feminist means you hate men.
“Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence, as a child, as much as my mother’s. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help, for fear it would make them less of a men—or less of a man. In fact, in the U.K., suicide is the biggest killer of men, between 20 to 49, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.”
Do you talk to then men in your life about feminism? Watch her inspiring speech here, skip to 1.20 to get to the start of Emma’s speech.