Emma Watson led a discussion about the need for gender equality, on Sunday, March 8th, as part of International women’s day.
The Harry Potter star gave an hour long talk at the Facebook headquarters, in London, during which she urged women to stand up against gender inequality:
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do, or cannot achieve,” said Watson.
The actress/U.N ambassador’s speech was watched by 150 people and was live streamed onto Facebook, engaging millions of viewers worldwide.
Watson urged for a wider understanding of the word ‘Feminism’, telling her audience:
“If you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you, but you’re a feminist”.
Actress and journalist Louise Brealey, known for her role in Sherlock, commented on Watson’s speech saying: “She is really brilliant, she brings up the women.”
Last September, Watson gave a speech at the U.N in which she made a plea for men to support the cause for women’s equality; after which she was threatened by a hoax website purporting to have nude pictures of her.
During her talk on International Women’s Day, she explained how these claims spurred her on in her campaign for gender equality: “I knew it was a hoax, I knew the pictures didn’t exist. I think that was a wake-up call to a lot of people that women are receiving threats like this. It really publicized something that was really negative. If they were trying to put me off — they did the opposite.”
International Women’s Day, Sunday March 8th, was a day where women and men celebrated the successful and game-changing woman; inequalities, which have yet to be addressed, were also highlighted.
Watson described the lack of female representation at the Academy Awards as being a firm indicator that the fight for women’s equality was far from over:
‘Why are women not directing their own stories?” she said. “The human race is a bird — and it needs both its wings to fly. And at the moment one of its wings is clipped,” she said.
You can still catch Emma Watson’s International Women’s Day talk here: