Emma Watson Launches Drive For Gender Equality
Former Harry Potter star declares that she's proud to be a feminist...
Emma Watson has kicked off a United Nations push for international gender equality.
The 24-year-old former Harry Potter star joined the organisation's Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and others in New York to publicise the HeForShe campaign.
And she made no bones about being a feminist, brushing aside misconceptions about the F word and asking men to take up the cause.
"Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and unattractive," she said.
"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 not one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights."
She then asked men to "take up this mantle, so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice".
And she even pre-empted criticism of an actress talking about weighty issues, undermining her own authority.
"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."
Where do we sign up Em?