Emma Watson Addresses the United Nations in New York

September 23, 2014


In case you hadn’t heard, Emma Watson was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women. The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress addressed the UN ambassadors from around the world over the weekend as part of her GeForce campaign.

“You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl?” said Emma. “And what is she doing up on stage at the UN. It’s a good question and trust me I have been asking myself the same thing. I don’t know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.”

Watson went on to talk about some of the issues facing feminism today and warned everyone that feminism is not the same as man-hating.

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

She followed up by inviting the ambassadors – specifically the men – to join her HeForShe campaign.

“I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too – reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.”