Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video


And now let’s turn to a young woman who has chosen to lend her voice to this very important solidarity movement. She’s a leading British actor, an advocate for gender equality in her own right. She’s been involved with a promotion of girl’s education for several years. As part of her humanitarian efforts she has visited Bangladesh, Zambia. Recently returned as we just heard from Uruguay on her first mission with UN women. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in welcoming to this stage our co-host and the UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson. *clapping* *handshakes* *more clapping* *clapping dies down* Your Excellencies, UN Secretary General, President of the General Assembly, Executive Director of UN Women, and distinguished guests. Today, we are launching a campaign called HeForShe. I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality, and to do this we need everyone involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN. 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 to make sure that its tangible. I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UN women six months ago. And the more I’ve 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 political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. I started questioning gender-based assumptions a long time ago. When I was eight. I was confused being called “bossy”. Because, I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at fourteen, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media. When at fifteen, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscle-y”. When at eighteen, my male friends were unable to express their feelings. I decided that I was a feminist. And this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminist. Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong Too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men. Unattractive even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain and I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think- *cut off by applause* *lots of clapping* I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality. These rights, I consider to be human rights. But I am one of the lucky ones. My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influences with the gender equality ambassadors, that made me who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are changing the world today. We need more of those, and if you still hate the word it is not the word that is important. It’s the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have received the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically very few have been. In 1997, Hillary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly many of the things that she wanted to change are still true today. But what stood out for me the most, was that less than thirty percent of the audience were male. How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited? Or feel welcomed to participate in a conversation? Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. *really loud applause* *applause dies down* Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I have 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 a men or less of a man. In fact, in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between twenty to forty-nine eclipsing road accidents, cancer, and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either. We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are. And that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceived gender on a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. If- *gets cutoff again* *clapping* If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are we can all be free-er. And this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle, so that their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice. But also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too. We claim those parts of themselves they abandoned. And in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves. You might be thinking “Who is this Harry Potter girl?” and “What is she doing speaking at the UN?” and it’s really good question. I’ve been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and 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. Statesman Edmund Berke said “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.” In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt, I’ve told myself firmly: “If not me, who?” “If not now, when?” If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you, I hope that those words will be helpful. Because, the reality is that if we do nothing it will take seventy-five years or for me to be nearly one-hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as men. For the same work. Fifteen-point-five million girls will be married in the next sixteen years as children. And at current rates, it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education. If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier and for this I applaud you. We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is that we have a uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen, and to ask yourself “If not me, who?” “If not now, when?” Thank you very very much. *applause* *standing ovation* *claps* What a beautiful beautiful speech–Ah–What a beautiful thought, Emma. Pay attention.

100 thoughts on “Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video

  1. As someone who doesn't identify as a feminist, I agree with the overall sentiments of this, and really appreciate her bringing up a few mens rights issues, however I find there are a few issues with her speech.
    Under multi varied analysis, meaning looking at many variables aside from just sex, like age, temperament and life choices, there is no evidence that the gender pay gap is due to any sort of discrimination, infact if you add age to the mix women from 18-30 are earning more than men in that range as a whole…
    another thing is that equality of opportunity is already basically achieved in the western world, pushing for equality of outcome is genuinely dangerous and leads to discrimination and excluding people of actual merit due to their gender…
    Feminism would probably do allot more good in the world tackling issues in arias like the middle east where it is still socially acceptable to treat women as property, rather than to keep focusing on women's issues in the modern western world, where women already have just as much rights and power if not more in some arias as any man…

  2. This speech is Fabulous and gorgeous! love every words she says, really accurate representation of the situation I'm in.
    Tons of males in China against feminists, even a lot of females get involved online to the anti-feminist trend.
    I decided to become a feminist since 12, and I devoted myself to try my best to change the opinion of gender stereotype that people have surround me.
    I was SO touched by this speech, not only because it reminds me my dream of "gender equality" 6 years ago, but also due to the passion and compassion it brings to my heart. I finally realize I have my first desire unchanged, which makes me living in belief again that there are tons of ladies and gentlemen on the world who actually fight for the equal right, for themselves and also for others. 
    Feminism is not a slogan, it is a spirit going on forever.
    Thank you Emma Watson, for picking my spirit up once again   ❤️

  3. 8:41 If men don't have to be aggressive in order to get accepted, women won't feel compelled into be submissive. If men don't have to control, women won't have to be controlled

    Yeah, like women never do ANYTHING wrong. They're always peaceful angels.

  4. This is the fight for women’s rights that I support. The premise that men by default are ‘toxic in their masculinity’ like Gilette has done is not the way to go.

  5. What a load of old rubbish. The pretend oppressed hustle run by our would be global dictatorship.

  6. who is this harry potter girl and why is she speaking at the UN?

  7. This a beautiful speech, with a huge message. Emma Watson helps the world and supports others who want to help with her. Fighting for women's rights is a big issue. Change is needed. We should all be feminists.

  8. Any man who gives this video a dislike can't get laid are bitter that they don't have a girlfriend or wife and they're scared to approach women…. Losers

  9. this is what we call true knowledge about society ,emma thankyou for the speech. "if not me then who?",if not now then when ?" love that!

  10. Any women that give this video a dislike I would like to show them gender equality by slapping them in the face if they ever hit me first

  11. Did you know that female pornstars get paid a lot more money than the males

  12. 1:08 Today we are launching a campaign called HeForShe.  1:19  We want to end gender inequality.   4:13 I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body.    4:40 I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.    4:49 But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to see these rights.    7:18  Men, Gender equality is your issue, too.    7:36 I've seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man.   8:28 when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.      9:15 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.    12:13 I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen and to ask yourself, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”     12:30 Thank you very, very much.

  13. I am reaching out to you because I need your help. We want to end gender inequality—and to do that we need everyone to be involved.

    This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality. And we don’t just want to talk about it, but make sure it is tangible.

    I was appointed six months ago and 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 started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents—but the boys were not.

    When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the press.

    When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscly.”

    When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings.

    I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.

    Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.

    Why is the word such an uncomfortable one?

    I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.

    No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.

    These rights I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones. My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influencers were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are changing the world today. And we need more of those.

    And if you still hate the word—it is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have been afforded the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been.

    In 1995, Hilary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly many of the things she wanted to change are still a reality today.

    But what stood out for me the most was that only 30 per cent of her audience were male. How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?

    Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. 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 look less “macho”—in fact in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20-49 years of age; eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.

    We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that that they are and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.

    If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.

    Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.

    If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what 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 mantle. 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.

    You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up on stage at the UN. It’s a good question and trust me, I have been asking myself the same thing. I don’t know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.

    And having seen what I’ve seen—and given the chance—I feel it is my duty to say something. English Statesman Edmund Burke said: “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to do nothing.”

    In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt I’ve told myself firmly—if not me, who, if not now, when. If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you I hope those words might be helpful.

    Because the reality is that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children. And at current rates it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls will be able to receive a secondary education.

    If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists I spoke of earlier.

    And for this I applaud you.

    We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is we have a uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, to be the "he" for "she". And to ask yourself if not me, who? If not now, when?

    Thank you.

  14. Love Emma Watson ☺️☺️ She is an awesome, amazing and an independent woman and that was a beautiful speech😊😊

  15. fast forward to 2019. now teachers at my school are very sexist to boys. its like someone fliped a uno reverse card

  16. I love her. Amazing. She was even praised by Sir Alan Rickman for this speech.

  17. I watched crying. Little Hermione has become a strong woman. She's so beautiful. love you x

  18. Kesin "18 yaşımdayken erkek arkadaşlarım duygularını yansitamiyordu." Derken Tom felton'dan bahsediyor olabilir hfjfjfjf

  19. I love how she included both men and women. Feminism or being a feminist means that you believe in not one but BOTH right of both men and women. What an intelligent, wise soul

  20. UN IS THE MOST DISGUSTING AND CORRUPTED ORGANISATION EVER AND DO YOU THINK THIS SECRETARY WORK AS VOLUNTEER???NO HE DRAWS MORE THAN 10 MILLION DOLLARS PER ANNUM AND THIS MONEY IS NOT FROM HIS GRANDFATHER'S TREASURE VAULT,IT BELONG TO THE GLOBAL POOR! BLOODY THIEF🙄UN IS THE MOST DISGUSTING AND CORRUPTED ORGANISATION EVER AND DO YOU THINK THIS SECRETARY WORK AS VOLUNTEER???NO HE DRAWS MORE THAN 10 MILLION DOLLARS PER ANNUM AND THIS MONEY IS NOT FROM HIS GRANDFATHER'S TREASURE VAULT,IT BELONG TO THE GLOBAL POOR! BLOODY THIEF🙄

  21. This is good feminism: many people when they hear the word feminist think of someone who gets triggered at everything you say, an anti-vax single mom, but it is not.

  22. 부머님 두 븐 모두 변호사라더니 진짜 말도 똑부러지게 하네 진짜 짱 멋있어ㅠㅠ

  23. I have been teased at school for being a feminist I believe in equality and where not even close to that. I’m supporting this campaign so we can change the damage we have mande towards society.

  24. Anyone that thinks feminism is even remotely interested in equal rights is incredibly ignorant of the facts. And do you think if a men's organization came out with a new program call SheforHe and said it was about equality do you think feminists would be onboard?

  25. Emma n'est pas juste une actrice talentueuse : elle est également une femme engagée qui se bat pour ses convictions ! Elle est un modèle pour tout le monde, et je ne comprends pas les 4,1K de "dislike" sur cette vidéo (des rageux contre l'égalité je suppose). En bref : merci, Emma, tu as dit tout haut ce qu'énormément de personnes pensent tout bas, comme moi, et ça me donne la force de mieux me battre ! ❤

  26. ❤️👧👩👱‍♀️👵🧕👮‍♀️👩‍🚒👷‍♀️👩‍🏭👩‍🔧👩‍🌾👩‍🌾👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🎤👩‍🎨👩‍🏫👩‍🎓👩‍💼👩‍💻👩‍🔬👩‍🚀👩‍⚕️👩‍⚖️👩‍✈️💂‍♀️🕵️‍♀️🤶👸👰🕴️‍♀️🧙‍♀️🧝‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧞‍♀️🧜‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧟‍♀️🙇‍♀️💁‍♀️🙅‍♀️🙆‍♀️🤷‍♀️🙋‍♀️🤦‍♀️🙎‍♀️🙍‍♀️💇‍♀️💆‍♀️🤰🤱🚶‍♀️🏃‍♀️💃👯‍♀️❤️

  27. Chose this speech for school's declamation competition… because it was 💓-touching….I won the competition

  28. Watson spoke before a stacked audience….if she wants to truly reach mainstream men, she should speak to an audience loaded with them, where they are free to air their concerns without feminists calling us every name in the book if we dare to do so. Men have EVERY right to be wary of ANY feminist-based program, as nothing good has ever come out of them in regards to men. If she wants to be "so brave"…speak directly to those she wants to reach.

  29. She is right about wage.She gets more money than me just for saying nonsenses.

  30. i agree denny vincent battista. i want my voice heard. i will vote for right us

  31. We should be more worried about how the country is losing its sense of humor

  32. Over four thousand people said no to the things she said, said no to equality? What the heck?

  33. Haven't watch and read a single harry potter movie and book but I will firmly look up to this woman

  34. She has truly had such an impact on my life to be more involved and to work harder and get smarter

  35. I’m gonna say what everyone is thinking: it’s leviòsa not leviosà

  36. Do I have to remember you that your rent is reduced to compensate the low paycheck?
    Do I have to remember you that you can sue people for child support?
    Do I have to remember you that men have the highest rate of suicide?
    Do I have to remember you that we also have to apply to society’s standards? (In fact women complain about shaving their legs, while we stay completely silent not complaining about shaving our neck literally risking our freakin life only to not be called necbeards)

    Who’s oppressed? We are oppressed, fix the issues on our side then you can fix the one on yours, miss Granger

    -10 points to griffindor

  37. Rights by identity don't exist. Those are permissions and privileges bestowed by the state, according to group identity.
    Actual rights, and actual equality that comes from them, are derived from the sovereignty of the individual, and nowhere else.
    Any other definition of rights is a lie, and is 100% counter to the rights that the founders of the USA were referring to.

    And the oppression of women? Other than a few minor exceptions, I'd like to hear some of the actual indicators of this alleged oppression.
    The conscription of women into war.
    The suicide rates.
    The victims of homicide and assault.
    The deaths in the work place.
    The deaths from heart disease and cancer.

    Fact is, there really are not any indicators of the oppression of women that count for anything, other than as an aim for resentful women to remove themselves from the responsibility of self-actuation.

    Go on. I need some filthy feminist right now to tell me that it's men's "genetic predisposition".
    I like it when someone comes in with the lowest, most repulsive comments. Makes my job of exposing hatemongers all the easier.
    Call me a name, or dismiss these points by categorising me as something. The lower you go, the easier this gets.

  38. Perhaps we will see her in politics one day. She has the great potential to become a female leader.

  39. Equality between men and women is only the beginning of a better world, of a world that accepts and understands the differences of each. Why criticize this woman? For me, we can only admire her. She uses the notoriety she has earned to convey messages on a subject that is important to her and that is essential to society. Emma Watson could focus on her acting career and earn the most money possible, but no. You're a great person Emma Watson, you're an example for everyone. Continue like this. (thanks Google trad) ^^

  40. If she were serious about "equality" she would've never called it HeForShe.

  41. I really love you. I love your accent, your speech, smart, and pretty ❤

  42. I love you Emma you have always been mah role model and this speech of yours is incredible love u sis and keep the good work always on

  43. I feel like there's slightly better jingle choices for introducing ambassadors. The music seems less than the environment it's in, considering the issues being tackled.

  44. We need to show this video to every president in every country especially to a “big” country’s

  45. The feminist movement is probably a rather large reason why men are killing themselves, we are pushed by the movement to be absolutely nothing. We can't even choose how we sit or have our own personal spaces without unnecessary judgement. We can't walk through the park with our children without being discriminated apon by women, I respect Emma's efforts but an invitation to join the most corrupted movement on the planet is extremely unattractive. Oh and the pay gap? You realise most if not all 1st world countries it's illegal to pay people different for the same work.

  46. I was told today by one of my closest friends that between men and women men are generally smarter I felt so angry and sent him this video hopefully it will help

  47. Rich White woman (personal wealth $50m) tells poor Black men to "man up" and serve her.

  48. The word feminism have become a so called bad word because the ones that a just putting it on
    and just like saying bad and petty stuff about men that is the reason why people don't like the word because most 2017-19 feminists don't even back up their evidence that's why.I agree with most 75% of what shes saying.Emma looks from both perspectives

  49. Awesome and this is the real meaning of feminism and I wish for one more step ahead in future, I. e female, male and trans.

  50. Men are not against it, just not every feminist understands the idea behind it as good as Emma Watson.
    Well done Emma!

  51. Post something (ANYTHING) refuting this video and their feminist movement and watch it get deleted on the spot. Go ahead and try. Way to go feminists.

  52. My friend: why are you so obsessed with Emma Watson?

    Me: watch this!!

  53. If Watson wants to be a feminist, she should travel to Iran, stand on a busy street and take off her hijab. That's a place where women are really being oppressed.

  54. There is no equality in he4she. Sure it is good for politicians and showbiz representatives to vouch for it as it is trendy nowadays. However, in majority , men do not gain anything by elevating women – on the contrary, we loose every last piece of decency and self dignity while women gain even more 'men up' verbiage. Women want to achieve something ? Please do, but enough with the victimhood, what about she4he at least once per human history?

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