On the 21th of September, Emma Watson held a speech at the United Nations Headquarters about gender equality. HeForShe is a new feminist campaign encouraging men to stand up against gender inequality and to fight for the same rights for men and women. The day after Watson’s speech, over 20 000 men had already taken the HeForShe pledge, most pledges coming from English-speaking countries.
Feminism is a word who is often misunderstood. Emma discusses this in her speech by saying ” the more I have 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 want men to take up this mantle,” she said. “So 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.”
Emma also addressed the fact that she was really nervous to set off this UN campaign, but she had told herself “If not me, who? If not now, when?” I found this really inspirational, and that is something you can think about in many situations of your life.
As I write this post, 130 845 men all over the world has taken the pledge. And in Norway only 1094 men has taken the pledge. This is not a lot considering how many men there are in the world. if you want to sign up and take the pledge, follow this link: http://www.heforshe.org/
You can read the whole speech here: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/9/emma-watson-gender-equality-is-your-issue-too
Link to the speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0Dg226G2Z8