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Emma Watson’s U.N. Speech Reminds Us Gender Equality is for Men Too

23 SEP 2014
Career Path : Education News

Speaking on behalf of the He For She campaign, and as newly appointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson recently gave a powerful speech on gender inequality towards an assembly at the U.N. Headquarters. While Watson addressed the issues on female inequality—such as the fact that 15.5 million girls will be married off as children in the next 16 years—and the negative stereotypes surrounding feminists, she also presented the assembly with the unspoken truth that men are also victims of inequality.

“Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence, as a child, as much as my mother’s. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help, for fear it would make them less of men—or less of a man.”

Watson notes that by considering women as lower, weaker, more emotional than men, it in turn perpetuates a stereotype that men must act macho or else they will be perceived as weak and unmanly. The fact that showing care, emotion or any stereotypical female quality is the worst possible insult to a man, highlights that there are underlying inequality issues and fears plaguing both women and men.

Before her sign off, Watson suggests that those who believe in gender equality may perhaps inadvertently be a feminist, in an approach to re-dress the widely negative perception of the term. Gender equality means African girls will not have to wait until 2086 until they all receive education, that men are not expected to conform their actions to appear “manly”, and means men standing up for gender equality too.

Source: Huffington Post