At 25 years old, Emma Watson has proven just what an amazing young woman she is. In July 2014 she was appointed the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, a role she has taken very seriously.
In September, Ms. Watson launched the HeForShe Movement, which has been a fantastic success. In a speech (shown below) at The 2015 World Economic Conference, she gave some amazing statistics on the movement so far:
Since He for She launched in New York last September, I think it would be fair to say that my colleagues and I have been stunned by the response. The He for She conference was watched over 11 million times, sparking 1.2 billion social media conversations, culminating in the #HeForShe hashtag becoming so popular that Twitter painted it on the walls of its headquarters.
For many activists, that alone could be the defining moment in their career. For Emma Watson, that defining moment has turned into a greater drive to effect more real-world change.
She was at Davos to announce the launch of her next incredible project, IMPACT: 10x10x10:
We need all country leadership, as well as that of hundreds of universities and corporations to follow HeForShe’s IMPACT 10x10x10 so as to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.
IMPACT 10x10x10 will involve 10 governments, 10 businesses and 10 universities in a year-long initiative to explore gender equality worldwide. It won’t be simple reporting or questionnaires, either. Ms. Watson said in her speech:
It’s about engaging governments, businesses and universities and having them make concrete commitments to gender equality. But I want to hear from the human beings that are behind these organizations. I spoke about some of my story in September. What are your stories?
You have to watch the full speech, which is less than six minutes long, to appreciate the commitment Ms. Watson has made to an issue that affects us all.