On Sept. 20, 2014 actress Emma Watson, best known as Hermione Granger from the “Harry Potter” series, delivered a moving speech before the United Nations. Watson, a Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women, introduced a new campaign entitled HeForShe. The campaign is designed to get men involved as active participants in ending violence against women. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
Watson referred to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in her speech, referencing the first lady’s 1995 speech before the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where Clinton declared, “It is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights.”
Watson mentioned that at the time, only about 30 percent of the listeners Clinton spoke to was male.
“How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation? Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too,” stated Watson in her speech at the launch of new campaign entitled HeForShe by U.N.
In addition to how to stop violence against women Watson’s message also pointed out that that patriarchy is disadvantageous for men too:
“I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less ‘macho’ — in fact in the U.K., suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 to 24, 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,” said Watson.
Check out the rest of her speech here.
This is a message that is starting to reverberate in the society at bigger scale. Whereas women such as CNN’s Rachel Nichols and ESPN’s Hannah Storm condemned the NFL for its reaction to Ray Rice and other cases of NFL player-involved domestic violence. CBS Sports anchor James Brown avidly informed viewers in the wake of the release of a video showing Ray Rice beating his then fiancée.
“This is yet another call to men to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their words, their deeds and, as Deion [Sanders] says, to give help or to get help, because our silence is deafening and deadly.” Click here to listen to Brown’s well-delivered monologue.
Watson’s message resonated that of organizations such as Men Can Stop Rape that identify the call for the involvement of men in ending violence against women. We all have to stand up and act to end this cultural epidemic of violence against women.
And that’s it for the scoop on Emma Watson taking up new responsibility as Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women. For more updates on your favorite celebrities, check Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.
Check out Emma’s full speech below: