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Emma Watson HeForShe Speech at the United Nations | UN Women 2014

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    Your excellencies,
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    UN Secretary General,
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    President of the General Assembly,
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    Executive Director of UN Women,
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    and distinguished guests.
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    Today, we are launching
    a campaign called He for She.
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    I am reaching out to you
    because we need your help.
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    We want to end gender inequality,
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    and to do this,
    we need everyone involved.
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    This is the first campaign
    of its kind at the UN.
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    We want to try and galvanize
    as many men and boys as possible
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    to be advocates for change.
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    And we don't just want to talk about it.
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    We want to try and make
    sure that it's tangible.
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    I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador
    for UN Women six months ago.
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    And the more I've spoken about feminism,
    the more I have realized
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    that fighting for women's rights
    has too often become
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    synonymous with man-hating.
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    If there is one thing I know for certain,
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    it is that this has to stop.
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    For the record,
    feminism, by definition,
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    is the belief that men and women
    should have equal rights
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    and opportunities.
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    It is the theory
    of the political, economic,
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    and social equality of the sexes.
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    I started questioning gender based
    assumptions a long time ago.
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    When I was eight, I was confused
    about being called "bossy"
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    because I wanted to direct the plays
    that we would put on for our parents.
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    But the boys were not.
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    When, at 14, I started to be sexualized
    by certain elements of the media.
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    When, at 15, my girlfriends started
    dropping out of their beloved sports teams
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    because they didn't want to appear muscly.
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    When, at 18, my male friends
    were unable to express their feelings.
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    I decided that I was a feminist.
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    And this seemed uncomplicated to me.
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    But my recent research has shown me
    that feminism has become
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    an unpopular word.
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    Women are choosing
    not to identify as feminists.
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    Apparently, I am among the ranks of women
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    whose expressions are seen
    as too strong, too aggressive,
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    isolating, and anti-men.
    Unattractive, even.
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    Why has the word become
    such an uncomfortable one?
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    I am from Britain,
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    and I think it is right that I am paid
    the same as my male counterparts.
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    I think it is right that I should be able
    to make decisions about my own body.
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    - I think--
    - (raucous applause)
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    I think it is right
    that women be involved,
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    on my behalf, in the policies
    and the decisions that will affect my life.
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    I think it is right that, socially,
    I am afford the same respect as men.
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    But sadly, I can say
    that there is no one country
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    in the world where all women
    can expect to receive these rights.
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    No country in the world
    can yet say that they have
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    achieved gender equality.
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    These rights I consider
    to be human rights,
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    but I am one of the lucky ones.
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    My life is a sheer privilege
    because my parents didn't love me less
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    - because I was born a daughter.
    - (hooting)
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    My school did not limit me
    because I was a girl.
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    My mentors didn't assume
    that I would go less far
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    because I might give birth
    to a child one day.
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    These influences,
    with the Gender Equality Ambassadors,
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    that made me who I am today.
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    They may not know it,
    but they are the inadvertent feminists
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    who are changing the world today.
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    We need more of those.
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    And if you still hate the word,
    it is not the word that is important.
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    It's the idea and the ambition behind it.
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    Because not all women have
    received the same rights that I have.
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    In fact, statistically,
    very few have been.
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    In 1997, Hillary Clinton
    made a famous speech in Beijing
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    about women's rights.
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    Sadly, many of the things that she wanted
    to change are still true today.
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    But what stood out for me the most
    was that less than 30%
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    of the audience were male.
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    How can we affect change in the world
    when only half of it is invited,
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    or feel welcomed to participate
    in the conversation?
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    Men...
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    I would like to take this opportunity
    to extend your formal invitation.
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    (applause)
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Title:
Emma Watson HeForShe Speech at the United Nations | UN Women 2014
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