Emma Watson spoke on gender equality again, this time at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, to promote the UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 pilot initiative.
The former Harry Potter star and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador thanked some big names for their involvement after her first speech back in September.
Emma Watson congratulated Prince Harry, Yoko Ono and Hillary Clinton on the initiative they have all taken since first launching the HeForShe campaign.
Emma Watson elaborated on the progress made and the encouragement she has had to keep pushing forward in the fight for gender equality.
She said, “I’ve had my breath taken away when a fan told me that since watching my speech, she has stopped herself from being beaten up from her father.”
She added, “I’ve been stunned by the amount of men in my life that have contacted me since my speech to tell me to keep going.”
Emma Watson, a self-proclaimed feminist, went on to urge others to continue the fight, as well.
She said, “It is my belief that there is a greater understanding than ever that women need to be equal participants in our homes, in our societies, in our governments and in our work places. And they know that the world is being held back in every way because they are not.”
She added, “Women share this planet 50/50, and they are under represented, their potential astonishingly untapped.”
Emma Watson went on to state her purpose and the purpose every audience member should undertake. She said, “The groundswell of response we have received in support for HeForShe tells us we are tapping into what the world wants: to be a part of change.”
She added, “Now we have to channel that energy into purposeful action.”
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