Gender Equality for All 4

Actress Emma Watson invites everyone to support the struggle for gender equality.
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  • 1You might be thinking, "Who is this Harry Potter girl?"
  • 2"And what is she doing speaking at the UN?"
  • 3And it's a really good question; I have been asking myself the same thing.
  • 4All I know is that I care about this problem,...
  • 5...and I want to make it better.
  • 6And having seen what I've seen and given the chance,...
  • 7...I feel it is my responsibility to say something.
  • 8Statesman Edmund Burke said, "All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph..."
  • 9"...is for good men and women to do nothing."
  • 10In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt...
  • 11...I've told myself firmly, "If not me, who?"
  • 12"If not now, when?"
  • 13If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you...
  • 14...I hope that those words will be helpful.
  • 15Because the reality is that if we do nothing,...
  • 16...it will take 75 years or for me to be nearly a hundred...
  • 17...before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work.
  • 1815.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children.
  • 19And at current rates, it won't be until 2086...
  • 20...before all rural African girls can have a secondary education.
  • 21If you believe in equality,...
  • 22...you might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier.
  • 23And for this, I applaud you.
  • 24We are struggling for a uniting word,...
  • 25...but the good news is that we have a uniting movement.
  • 26It is called "HeForShe."
  • 27I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen...
  • 28...and to ask yourself, "If not me, who?"
  • 29"If not now, when?"
  • 30Thank you very, very much.