4
November
2017

Emma Watson’s One Young World Speech1

Emma Watson talks about the struggles she and other activists face while promoting gender equality at yesterdays One Young World summit.

Watson’s speech was empowering and emotional. The speech touched on her own struggles after launching her HeforShe campaign which advocates for gender equality, and how she found a community of activists that helped her.

Watson describes her own experiences as not being “about being an activist; it was about the choice to make [herself] visible.”

In advocating for gender equality Watson has experienced “a level of critique” of the likes she has not experienced before because she has in becoming an activist made herself visible. But with the community, or tribe as she calls it, Watson has been able to continue on with her efforts to achieve gender equality.

The audience to which Watson had been speaking to were activists like herself fighting for their own causes. Activists all gathered together for the One Young World summit that bring together people representing a variety of causes and to award young activists for their efforts.

Watson emphasized the sense of community when she said, “One Young World isn’t about saying what I, each of us individually, can do, but what we can do, working together, supporting and listening to each other.”

The One Young World organization stands for just this trying to bring activists together to make a real difference in the world. The goal is to bring activists together to make lasting connections and share their experiences in trying to make changes to issues such as gender equality, climate change, global health, hunger relief, transparency in business and government, and other pressing issues.

       



1 Comment

  1.    fuglsang:

    The lede provides a good sumary, Nat, but it needs a stronger verb. “Talks” doesn’t tell me much.

    Actor Emma Watson described her emotional journey…
    Actor Emma Watson’s voice broke as she…
    Actor Emma Watson put the world on notice…

    Look to the second graf for ideas. I might add some background on Watson, just for people who don’t do Potter, but otherwise a nice piece.



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