23 September 2014

He for She

You may have already seen this (as it is has garnered lots of media/social media attention) but I encourage you to watch it if you haven't already.

Emma Watson delivered a brilliant speech a few days ago on feminism and a new UN campaign that has been launched to promote gender equality.  She asks both men and women to take action.
“The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realised 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.
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 see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should 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 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, reclaim parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves."
Moving and Inspiring.  More on HeforShe here.

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