Sparking a Solidarity Movement: #GIRLHERO Emma Watson



“You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up on stage at the UN?… All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.”

Emma Watson has been in the spotlight since she was 9 years old for her portrayal of the universally adored heroine Hermoine Granger of the Harry Potter series. Recently, she has received international attention for another role: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

A few weeks ago, #GIRLHERO Emma delivered an impassioned speech on gender equality and feminism at the UN to launch the “HeForShe” campaign, which aims to encourage boys and men to become advocates for girls’ and women’s rights. “We want to end gender inequality – and to do that, we need everyone to be involved,” Emma said.

Emma’s speech was met with a standing ovation, and the video of her remarks quickly spread over the internet. Her message and that of HeforShe reached people around the world, seeping into lunchtime conversations, blogs and social media debates. The push for gender equality isn’t anything new; organizations, groups and activists have long fought for girls and women to be afforded the same rights as their male counterparts. But it is because of Emma’s bravery that the movement to end gender inequality has grown and gained renewed support.

Thanks to her widespread influence, nearly 200,000 people from around the world have signed the “HeForShe” pledge since its launch, committing to take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by girls and women globally. In less than three weeks, HeforShe has been mentioned in 1.1 million tweets, reaching 1.2 billion Twitter users. Her voice has encouraged a number of other celebrities to get involved, including Nigel Barker, Russell Crowe and Harry Styles.

No, Emma Watson is not only a Harry Potter girl. She is a feminist, an activist and a true #GIRLHERO. She is lending her voice to raise awareness of issues that so desperately need attention.

Watch her speech below. Be prepared to be fired up, inspired and ready to take on the world.