We are officially inspired
Actress and UN ambassador Emma Watson has hit headlines in the past week for empowering women and engaging in the fight against inequality.
Last week she delivered a speech to the UN about equality in education and tackling sexual violence in universities.
In her speech, Emma said: ‘What if, as is the case at far too many universities, we are given the message that sexual violence isn’t actually a form of violence?’ and then continued to announce the HeForShe Impact 10x10x10 report; a commitment by 10 of the world’s leading universities to take steps towards achieving gender parity. That’s a pretty amazing step towards combating sexism and sexual violence in education.
While the majority of the world was in admiration and support of Emma’s speech, columnist Rod Liddle was quick to demonstrate that sexism is still alive and kicking.
In his column, he responded to her speech by saying ‘she bored them all rigid with wining, leftie, PC cr*p.’
Liddle then continued: ‘Just like all actresses do if we are stupid enough to give them the chance… I don’t object to them having views and expressing them. I just don’t understand why we take them seriously.’
Liddle’s apparent issue with women being given the chance to take a stand against society’s problems, and (heaven forbid) the prospect that they might actually be taken seriously simply reinforces Emma’s argument that there is a need for change.
All of this erupted just before the reveal of a short film entitled Hurdles, which Emma helped create.
The film is inspired by Olympians and celebrates the sexist hurdles the world has overcome, but also highlights that there is still more to be changed.
Emma narrates: ‘There are many huge and high hurdles still to jump. The race is still on, every day of every year of our lives. But, we will cross the finish line, no one can stop us. Equality. Now.’
The video is undeniably powerful, and we can’t help but feel like it came at the perfect time. After all, can you think of a better or more dignified response to Rod Liddle’s comments?
Keep up the amazing and empowering work, Emma.
By Catherine Delves