If not me, who, If not now when? These were the words that prompted Emma Watson to be become one of the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador serving as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality and the importance of understanding that we are one and what connects us is more significant than what divide us. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality initiated by the United Nations trying to achieve men involvement in the conversation due to the fact that are human rights what is being talked about and its a social need, not only a women’s responsibility. What’s fascinating about this movement it’s that whoever you are and wherever you are you can sign up and support. Emma talked about how the word feminism has become uncomfortable and unpopular just because we associate it with anti-men movements, aggression and the impact women perceive with the word that lead them to decide not to identify as feminist. Feminism is about men and women equal rights and opportunities embracing politics, economics and social equality of sexes. The main fact about this issue is men being pressured by society stereotypes to be included as man, leading them to suffer mental illness, being unable to ask for help due to the fear it would make them less of a men. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive, if men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled. That’s the reason why it is very important that men and women take the same responsibility for the matter. As a conclusion Emma said “ it is not important the word feminist, it’s important the idea and ambition behind it, HeforShe fights for both genders coming together in solidarity to support each other”.
Mora Lemos Casellas
(Article based on Emma Watson at the campaign HeForShe United Nations in 2014 and her introduction to the new http://HeForShe.org in 2016 ).