ENGLISH SPEECH | EMMA WATSON: Gender Equality (English Subtitles)

ENGLISH SPEECH | EMMA WATSON: Gender Equality (English Subtitles)

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.

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  2. As a man I do not mind to see women to work in mines, constructions and other heavyweight or stressful jobs like this. If you DEMAND equal rights and respect while sitting and doing nothing other than just rally and speeches you deserve none of those, move your a** and earn them women or men

  3. It is because people has made selfish and wrong choices
    Gender equality….
    is hard to achieve in this world
    I wondered why….why women were bruised, skewed view
    I wondered why I had to wear bra even though it is very uncomfortable
    I wondered why …. somehow I pursuited beauty and tried to judge me on appearance
    I realized male being has tilted what I thought and what I learned for their greed
    I do not hate male being because I know hatred is an ugly thing
    No one will be pointed to blame this on but our choice that we make
    will bring difference
    Will I curse God because of this?
    I know nothing about creation of human being but I can say God's view of looking on this problem…is quite different
    God has made this choice to build women and men
    God wanted to destroy human after God seeing the sin that men were making toward women
    I think human had to be two kinds
    I love how it goes
    I love my dad and my boyfriend
    They fill my needs differently with my women people
    but I am more inspired to my Mom' life, to her goodness and achievements for family and to this world
    I believe I am not defined as a woman when I look at myself
    'woman' the word has worn tilted concept
    It is schizophrenia for all people
    I am pretty much ashamed of being me and feel I am somehow made after man thus being less primary because of this word
    I know this is justice unless it is so
    I pursuit the heavenly prize for my good works
    I know life is short
    I prefer everlasting prize
    I am not disappointed with being a woman instead I am glad
    I am looking for my good works being heard in heaven
    I have a great interest in improving people's life through my talent
    mostly for women
    I understand the greatest challenges that the human history faces because I am a woman

  4. This is so sad. She is so young and brainwashed. Indoctrinated. She doesn't realize women have been equal for decades. The struggle is over.

  5. to be honest to you guys my voice are completely normal but everytime i do a "presentation" my voice automatically turns like her voice,because i always afraid doing presentation,is like its playing with my ulvula,my mouth were stutters and my saliva like going up and down and my face also automatically turn red and my hand shaking,very easily to sweat,my hands also sweat and i keep moving my body side to side to keep calm.
    are you guys like me?

  6. It is essential to identify the real meaning of feminism. As Emma Watson mentioned in her speech, feminism is simply the idea of women having the same rights as men do. It is not about hating men and is definitely not about anti-men movement. However, as the concept of feminism is usually mixed with the ideas mentioned above, many women choose not to identify themselves as feminists. I think both men and women should really try to understand the importance of feminism, as it is not only affecting negatively on women, but also on men by keeping them away from emotional experiences and other things that are concidered to be "girly"

  7. how about paid based on race? it happened in my country that the salary that people get more or less based on their race.

  8. But even we conduct so many sppeeeches the bad world can never change
    The bad people in this bad world be always the same and never change we cant do anything but if we the new generation tries it can change

  9. Good morning friends. What is your openion where you credited nothing to do in yesterday. What you committed that much give it so many times ask you 250 times escape .you credit iny account but no message from bank how can I confirm you are again fail in your work when you change my life it is when you do it .you have no heart . Yshk viswanatham MscBed.

  10. Emma Watson has delivered her speech very seriously and shared her thoughts and feelings. She is right to say that still, there is no gender equality in the world. The fair sex is being discriminated against. This is a serious problem which concerns us all.There is no reason why such attitudes and practices should continue. Human beings, male or female, are one and the same consciousness.

  11. Now,if you two don't mind I am going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed or worse expelled..-Hermione Granger

  12. Superb yar , it is the way that you expressed your idea and now we will presuambly discuss this issue to attrack the people and to understand them that Feminism is the belief system as you told.

  13. Well said Watson, male and female should be equal rights. Apparently peoples are not aware and they are just continuously doing wrong things. And sometimes women's are embarrassing. And don't compel a women …. That's bad pls don't do it along with women coz female gives us birth and we are just trying to insult them.As far as I am concerned those people are totally rubbish,idiot and these kinds of people who are doing wrong things with women should be jail.

  14. My girlfriend earns more money than me, doing less hours than me and I think it's great. But on this basis the 100 plus women in her office earn more than me. I have no idea how much more equality is required when I came away from school with higher grades than my girlfriend, we both started at the bottom worked hard to get where we are. So in the response to "no country has achieved equality" I am left confused as I think the UK has, or is pretty much there

  15. This is another dumb actor who does not no anything about how the world works.
    Emma Watson , can you name one right that women don’t have that men have in the west?

  16. American propoganda…… Gender differences exicst, this is not good or bad, this is reality. Man and woman not equal. We have different amounts of hormones and they affect the male and female body in different ways.
    The structure of the central nervous system is different. Genetically we are different.

  17. i am man from algeria and i want the equality between us and women because almost all males here prefer to give more opportunities to women rather than giving it to men in order to receive something in return that serves their needs from the women's body.

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