Emma Watson Calls Feminists to Action by Sharing Their Stories in #HeForShe Campaign

Hogwarts alum, Emma Watson, brings her #HeForShe campaign to the next level by introducing UN Women’s new initiative called IMPACT 10x10x10. Watson was accompanied by other global leaders at a press conference this morning “to galvanize momentum in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

The new campaign, IMPACT 10X10X10, is a one year long effort that aims to engage governments, corporations, and universities as instruments of change for some communities in most need to address deficiencies in women’s empowerment and gender equality. Watson further defines the initiative as being about, “Concrete commitments to change, the visibility of these commitments, and the measurability of them, too.”

Wastson first launched her #HeForShe campaign in September 2014. In her speech last year, she urged men to stand up for women’s rights and join the fight for equality. Now she wants to hear from us. #HeForShe wants to hear stories from a variety of individuals from different positions and backgrounds to give their own concrete examples of how they have integrated #HeForShe into their lives.

What are your stories?” Watson asks.

“Girls, who have been your mentors? Parents, did you make sure you treated your children equally? If so, how have you done it? Husbands, have you been supporting your female partner privately so that she can fulfil her dreams too? Young men, have you spoken up in a conversation when a woman was casually degraded or dismissed? How did this affect you? How did this affect the woman you stepped up for?

“Businessmen, have you mentored, supported, or engaged women in leadership positions? Writers, have you challenged the language and imagery used to portray women in the media? CEOs, have you implemented the women’s empowerment principles in your own company? What change have you seen? Are you someone that has been persuading men to become HeForShes, and collecting their signatures for our website? How many have you got? We want to know. we want to hear from you.”

You can watch her whole speech in the video below.

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