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

The speech on feminism and gender was part of the launch of the U.N. campaign “HeForShe”

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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.

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