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23 September 2014, 11:11
The 'Harry Potter' actress delivers a passionate talk about the importance of gender equality. Watch the video here.
She was so nervous, her voice almost broke as she started her speech, but United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson spoke with passion and intelligence at a special event in New York City at the UN headquarters.
The actress spoke out about gender inequality and being a feminist, calling for men and boys to stand up for women's rights around the world.
“I started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight” said Watson “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.”
“I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me,” said the 24-year-old. “But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.
“Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive. Why is the word such an uncomfortable one?”
“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” concluded Emma Watson.