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  • [applause]

  • HOST: Big round of applause for Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

  • Phumzile, thank you very much, your words truly, truly inspiring, an excellent way,

  • inspired way to kick off our HeForShe campaign.

  • HeForShe, I must say, is a solidarity movement,

  • a partnership between women and men

  • based on a shared commitment to fight against the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls.

  • And now lets turn to a young woman who has chosen to lend her voice to this very important solidarity movement.

  • She's a leading British actor, an advocate for gender equality in her own right.

  • She's been involved with the promotion of girls' education for several years.

  • As part of her humanitarian efforts she's visited Bangladesh,

  • Zambia, recently returned, as we've just heard, from Uruguay on her first mission with U.N. Women.

  • Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming to this stage our co-host

  • and the U.N. Women's Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson.

  • [applause]

  • EMMA: Your excellencies, U.N. Secretary General,

  • President of the General Assembly,

  • Executive Director of U.N. Women,

  • and distinguished guests.

  • Today, we are launching a campaign called HeForShe.

  • I am reaching out to you because we need your help.

  • We want to end gender inequality

  • and to do this we need everyone involved.

  • This is the first campaign of its kind at the U.N.

  • We want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change,

  • and we don’t just want to talk about it.

  • We want to try and make sure that it’s tangible.

  • I was appointed as goodwill ambassador for U.N. Women 6 months ago

  • and the more I’ve spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights

  • has too often become synonymous with man hating.

  • If there is one thing I know for certain,

  • it is that this has to stop.

  • 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.

  • I started questioning gender based assumptions a long time ago.

  • When I was 8, I was confused for being called "bossy" because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents

  • but the boys were not.

  • When I was 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media.

  • When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams

  • because they didn’t want to appear muscley.

  • When at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings,

  • I decided that I was a feminist, and this seemed uncomplicated to me.

  • But 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.

  • Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?

  • I am from Britain and I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts.

  • I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body.

  • I think --

  • [applause]

  • I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life.

  • I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men.

  • But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world

  • where all women can expect to receive these rights.

  • No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality.

  • These rights I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones.

  • My life is a sheer privilege,

  • because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter.

  • My school did not limit me because I was a girl.

  • My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far

  • because I might give birth to a child one day.

  • These influences were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today.

  • They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are changing the world today.

  • We need more of those, and if you still hate the word,

  • it is not the word that is important.

  • It’s the idea and the ambition behind it

  • because not all women have received the same rights that I have.

  • In fact, statistically, very few have been.

  • In 1997, Hillary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights.

  • Sadly, many of the things that she wanted to change are still true today.

  • But what stood out for me the most was that less than 30% of the audience were male.

  • How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited

  • or feel welcomed to participate in the conversation.

  • Men,

  • I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation.

  • [applause]

  • Gender equality is your issue, too.

  • Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent

  • being valued less by society, despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother's.

  • I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help

  • for fear it would make them less of a men or less of a man.

  • In fact, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 - 49,

  • 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.

  • We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes.

  • But I can see that they are.

  • And that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.

  • 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.

  • Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive.

  • Both men and women should feel free to be strong.

  • It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum instead of 2 sets of opposing ideals.

  • [applause]

  • If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are,

  • we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about.

  • It’s about freedom.

  • I want men to take up this mantle so that 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.

  • You might be thinking, who is this Harry Potter girl?

  • What is she doing speaking at the U.N.? And it’s a really good question.

  • 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.

  • And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel it is my responsibility to say something.

  • Statesman Edmund Birke said,

  • All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.”

  • In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt,

  • I’ve told myself firmly, if not me, who? If not now, when?

  • If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you,

  • I hope that those words will be helpful

  • because the reality is that if we do nothing,

  • it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred,

  • before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work.

  • 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children,

  • and at current rates, it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education.

  • If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier,

  • and for this I applaud you.

  • We are struggling for a uniting word, but the good news is that we have a uniting movement.

  • It is called HeForShe.

  • I am inviting you to step forward to be seen,

  • and to ask yourself, if not me, who?

  • If not now, when?

  • Thank you very, very much.

  • [applause]

  • HOST: What a beautiful, beautiful speech. What a beautiful thought.

  • Emma, pay attention.

[applause]

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