Emma Watson gives speech for feminism, against ‘man-hating’ at UN

Emma Watson delivered what many described as a powerful speech at a United Nations meeting in New York City over the weekend.

The 24-year-old actress was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador earlier this year. She delivered a speech to delegates and representatives describing how she came to identify herself as a feminist.

“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,” she said.

The speech, which received a standing ovation, was presented as part of the HeForShe campaign, which is also headed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, according to Washington Post.

The recent Brown University graduate described the campaign as one looking to end the “us vs. them” mentality and get rid of the “man-hating” moniker.

“Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation,” she said. “Gender equality is your issue too.” Watson noted that a patriarchal society is detrimental to men as well as women.

You can watch her speech below.

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