Emma Watson was named a UN Goodwill Ambassador six months ago. She has taken up the cause of gender equality and spoke impressively about ending the inequality faced by women across the world at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
As a part of the 'HeForShe' campaign, Emma Watson invited men to become advocates for gender equality. The actress also opened up about how the term 'feminism' is misunderstood these days. 'My recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men, unattractive even,' she spoke.
The Harry Potter actress urged men to participate in the HeForShe campaign, 'Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.'
She also spoke about how men don't have the benefits of equality either: 'I've seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man ... I've seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don't have the benefits of equality, either. We don't often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are.'
'You might think, 'Who is this "Harry Potter" girl? What is she doing at the UN?' I've been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make it better,' said the actress about what encouraged her to talk about gender equality.
Watch the entire speech here.