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Emma Watson: feminism is not man-hating

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 01:27

The British actress jumps into her duties as Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Actress Emma Watson, who rose to fame playing the feisty Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" films, has taken on a new role promoting women's rights as a U.N. ambassador. On Saturday (September 20) the actress spoke at the United Nations to kick off the new initiative. "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 six months ago. And the more I've spoke about feminism the more I've realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating," said Watson. Watson will advocate for the HeForShe campaign, which encourages men and boys to speak out in support of gender equality. The 24-year-old has been involved in the promotion of girls' education for several years, having visited Bangladesh and Zambia. The agency, also known as The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, aims to accelerate the progress of gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. The British actor will co-host a special event for UN Women's HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement for gender equality, which calls upon men and boys to help end the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. "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 mantel so that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice. But also so that their son's have permission to be vulnerable and human too," Watson said. The actress is the first goodwill ambassador to be appointed under U.N. Women's new head, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. "You might be thinking, 'who is this Harry Potter girl and 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 that I want to make it better. And having seen what I seen and given the chance I feel it is my responsibility to say something," she said. In May Watson graduated from Brown University in the United States with a degree in English Literature.

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Emma Watson: feminism is not man-hating

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 01:27

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