Emma Watson: A Real Change-Maker

by RomyLeclerc on April 18, 2016 - 8:02pm

 

Lately, I have been working on inequalities we can find in the world. In fact, inequalities find anywhere in our daily life: we are indeed all subject to inequalities. To slow down their spread, many people put forward ideas all around the world. One woman is distinguishing herself by her flawless speeches and her work towards women’s rights: Emma Watson.

Emma Watson is an English actress best known for her role as Hermionne in Harry Potter. However, she is much more than a simple actress: she is a proud feminist and the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Actually, since she is young, Emma started questioning daily gender problems she had been facing. First, at the age of 8, she had been called “bossy” by her peers because she wanted to direct her school’s play while her male comrades were called “dynamic”.  Then, as she was becoming more and more famous, she noticed that she was much more sexualized in the magazines than her male colleagues. Finally, when she got to Brown University, many of her female friends decided to quit their sport team because they did not want to appear to muscly.

Then, Emma decided to do something to counter gender disparities. She used her fame to gather all women’s voice and give power to it. She wanted to give every woman a chance to talk about their life and their situation. She decided to initiate a major solidarity campaign named “HeForShe” in collaboration with UN Woman. The organization aim to slow down the gender inequality by engaging men to take action and by gathering women’s stories all around the world.

Furthermore, she delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations Headquarters in which she shared her vision of feminism. Actually, within her speech, she described that the word “feminism” is often link to “man-hating”. However, the word itself has a whole different meaning. Indeed, according to feminism, men and women should be equal in all spheres of society.

She also took this opportunity to invite men to take part of the solution towards women’s rights. She explains that in order to be able to make an effective change in the world, 100% of the world population has to take part in it. Actually, she leads the first UN campaign that uses men to end gender inequality. 

In the world we live in, men have to act in a certain way to be considered “real men” and so do women. Men have to be strong and women have to sensitive. As of her, we have to destroy those premade codes on conduct to be able to live in a real world free of disparities.

As she said: “If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.”.

Emma Watson is now one of the most important feminist in the world and continue to do impressive progress towards women’s rights.

 

As I was doing my research on diverse disparities in the world, I realized that gender inequality is at the center of all of them. Gender inequality causes health, economic and social inequalities. By attacking gender inequality, we are attacking all the disparities in the world. To go deeper, we can say that in order to stop inequalities all around the world, we have to preserve women’s rights. In a nutshell, Emma Watson is certainly working especially on women’s rights but she is also working on all human’s rights.

 

To read her speech, click here: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/9/emma-watson-gender-equality-is-your-issue-too

To learn more about Emma Watson, click here:

http://www.unwomen.org/en/partnerships/goodwill-ambassadors/emma-watson

To see the website of HeForShe: http://www.heforshe.org/en

To see my old posts on inequalities, click here:

  1. http://www.newsactivist.com/en/news-summary/champlain-college-2016-newsactivist-contemporary-issues-complementary-course/hope
  2. http://www.newsactivist.com/en/news-summary/champlain-college-2016-newsactivist-contemporary-issues-complementary-course/wealth
  3. http://www.newsactivist.com/en/articles/champlain-college-2016-newsactivist-contemporary-issues-complementary-course/islamophobia

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