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Today we are launching a campaign HeForShe. I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We must try to mobilize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. We don’t just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure it’s tangible.
I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women 6 months ago.
The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain 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 political, economic and social equality of the sexes.
When I was 8, I was called bossy because I wanted to direct a play for our parents. At 15, my girlfriends didn’t want to join sports teams because they didn’t want to appear masculine. At 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings.
I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.
Why has the word become such an unpopular one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. 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 see these rights. No country in the world can yet say that they achieved gender equality. These rights are considered 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. These influences are the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it but they are the feminists needed in the world today. We need more of those.
It is not the word that is important. It is the idea and the ambition behind it because not all women received the same rights I have. In fact, statistically, very few have.
In 1997, Hillary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly, many that she wanted to change are still true today. Less than 30% of the audience were male. How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited to participate in the conversation?
Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.
We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive, women won’t be compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled.
Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who 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 their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves.
You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself at the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something. Edmund Burke said all that is need for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing
In my nervousness for this speech and my moment of doubt, I told myself: if not me, who? If not now, when? You have the opportunity here. If you believe in equality, I implore you: we must strive for a united world but the good news is we have a platform. It is called he for she. I invite you to step forward, to be seen and I ask yourself: if not me, who? If not now, when?
|1:||Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette?|
|2:||Are you single/taken/heartbroken/confused?|
|3:||What if I told you that you were pretty?|
|4:||Ever been told “it’s not you, it’s me”?|
|5:||Are you interested in anyone right now?|
|6:||What are you looking forward to in the next week?|
|7:||Do you want to be single?|
|8:||Did you go out or stay in last night?|
|9:||How late did you stay up last night?|
|10:||Can you recall the last time you realized you liked someone a lot?|
|11:||Last three things you had to drink?|
|12:||Have you pretended to like someone?|
|13:||Have you ever told somebody you loved them and not actually meant it?|
|14:||Honestly, has anyone seen you in your underwear in the past 3 months?|
|15:||Is it hard for you to get over someone?|
|16:||Think back five months ago, were you single?|
|17:||What were you doing at 12:30 this afternoon?|
|18:||Hold hands with anyone this week?|
|19:||Could you go for the rest of your life without drinking alcohol?|
|20:||What would you name your future daughter?|
|21:||Do you miss anyone?|
|22:||Have you kissed three or more people in one night?|
|23:||Did your last kiss take place in/on a bed?|
|24:||Are you good at hiding your feelings?|
|25:||Have you ever cried from being so mad?|
|26:||Who did you last see in person?|
|27:||Are you listening to music right now?|
|28:||What is something you currently want right now?|
|29:||What is the last thing you said out lot?|
|30:||How is your heart lately?|
|31:||Do you wear the hood on your hoodie?|
|32:||Are you wearing socks?|
|33:||What do people call you?|
|34:||Will you talk to the person you like tonight?|
|35:||Are there any stressful situations in your life?|
|36:||Who did you last share a bed with?|
|37:||Did you do something bad today?|
|38:||When was the last time a member of the opposite sex hugged you?|
|39:||Do you get stressed out easily?|
|40:||Will you sing today?|
|41:||Have you ever wanted to tell someone something but didn’t?|
|42:||Who do you go to when you need to talk to someone?|
|43:||Have you ever been taken to the emergency room in an ambulance?|
|44:||What are you listening to right now?|
|45:||What is wrong with you right now?|
|46:||What is on your wrists right now?|
|47:||Where did you get the shirt/sweatshirt you’re wea|
|48:||What do you like better: hot chocolate or hot apple cider?|
|49:||Do you make wishes at 11:11?|
|50:||Are you a good artist?|
|51:||Love really is a beautiful thing huh?|
|52:||Do you miss the way things were six months ago?|
|53:||Ever been on a golf cart?|
|54:||Do you have trust issues?|
|55:||Ever stayed up all night on the phone, with who?|
|56:||Do you own something from Hot Topic?|
|57:||Do you use chap stick?|
|58:||Have you ever slapped someone in the face?|
|59:||Do you have a little sister?|
|60:||Have you ever been to New York?|
|61:||Think of the last person who said I love you, do you think they meant it?|
|62:||Have you hugged someone within the last week?|
|63:||What were you doing at midnight last night?|
|64:||Have you ever regretted kissing someone?|
|65:||Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?|
|66:||Were your last three kisses from the same person?|
|67:||Have you kissed anyone in the last five days?|
|68:||Would you rather sleep with someone else or alone?|
|69:||Will next Friday be a good one?|
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