Emma Watson Gives Another Inspirational Speech on Gender Equality

by Jackie Willis; Video produced by Rebecca Zamer 11:40 AM PST, January 23, 2015
Playing Emma Watson Gives Another Inspirational Speech on Gender Equality

Emma Watson has gone from speaking on wizardry to speaking to world leaders. The Harry Potter star once again gave a speech on gender equality that could be the most inspiring thing you see all day.

Watson, the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday to promote the UN Women's HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 pilot initiative. The one-year program will be geared toward advancing women by working with governments, companies and universities to promote change in communities.

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The self-proclaimed feminist began her speech by pointing out all the progress made since she last spoke on gender equality in September, calling out Prince Harry, Yoko Ono and Hillary Clinton's response to the initiative -- but leaving out Taylor Swift.

"I've had my breathe taken away when a fan told me that since watching my speech she has stopped herself from being beaten up from her father," she said of the reactions to her 2014 speech. "I've been stunned by the amount of men in my life that have contacted me since my speech to tell me to keep going."

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Continuing to inspire, Watson proclaimed, "It is my belief that there is a greater understanding than ever that women need to be equal participants in our homes, in our societies, in our governments and in our work places. And they know that the world is being held back in every way because they are not."

She added, "Women share this planet 50/50, and they are under represented. They're potential astonishingly untapped."

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That's when Watson goes on to further excitedly explain the UN Women's latest efforts. "The groundswell of response we have received in support for HeForShe tells us we are tapping into what the world wants: to be a part of change," the 24-year-old actress said to an audience that included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and the Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden. "Now we have to channel that energy into purposeful action."

What do you think of Watson's latest speech? Is it better than the first?