Emma Watson gets standing ovation after U.N. speech on feminism

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (R) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose for a photo September 20, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (AFP)

British actress Emma Watson this week delivered a speech on feminism and gender as part of the launch of the U.N. campaign “HeForShe,” U.S. magazine Vanity Fair reported.

Watson, who was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador this summer, gave the speech at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

“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,” she said.

“Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive,” she added.

The campaign aims to address the inequalities between men and women in the world.

Watson’s speech earned a standing ovation.

The 24-year-old graduated from a U.S. university with a degree in English literature in May.

The Harry Potter heroine was among 2,000 graduates receiving degrees from Brown University, Rhode Island.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45