Emma Watson Addresses U.N. on Gender Equality

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Emma Watson, the actress best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise, is also a U.N. Woman Goodwill Ambassador. Watson addressed the U.N. on Saturday, delivering an impassioned speech on gender equality as part of the new HeForShe campaign. Watson implored the men of the world to take up this fight for gender equality.

"We want to end gender inequality," Watson told the assembly. "And to do this, we need everyone involved… We want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change."

Watson went on to argue that feminism is about equality, not separation, and without everyone fighting for change, change may not be possible. She also made it perfectly clear that she is not bashing men. She simply wants them on board for the battle.

"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," Watson said. "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."

Following her speech, Emma Watson was lauded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"She's been using her magic wand in her movie," he said. "I hope she will use magic want to stop violence against women. Again, thank you very much for shining your spotlight on this life-saving work."

Emma Watson is a Brown University graduate. She managed to squeeze in a college life in addition to a loaded acting career. Now she serves as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. As with most people in all walks of life--the busier the person, the harder they work. How impressive that Emma Watson is using her valuable time to help launch this desperately needed effort.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.