FIGURES OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION : EMMA WATSON, A GOODWILL ACTRESS

Publié par Mélyssa VOCANSON

Mardi 26 juin 2018 | Histoire

Emma Watson, campaign "He For She" Emma Watson, campaign "He For She"

Some people are famous and recognize by what they are in appearance. In terms of their real personality, it is often sooner or later revealed. Support causes that are important to us, investment in important projects, she did it. She raised to the rank of famous actress and knew how to use this image to sensitized peoples around her. Emma Watson is a sensible and perseverant woman. To her, gender inequality should be a priority in everyone’s education! She leads a feminist fight rather active: the launching of “He For She” campaign as Goodwill ambassador of UN Women, the opening of a feminist reading club “Our Shared Shelf”, her support to the “Time’s Up” movement, her one million pounds donation to the “Justice and Equality Fund”...

Emma Watson : A WOMAN WITH A POUNDING CHARACTER 

“Young girls are told you have to be the delicate princess. Hermione taught them that you can be the warrior.” 

Emma Watson was born the 15th April 1990 in Paris (France), she is a British actress. Her first role (who made her famous) is Hermione Granger, endorsed during 10 years, from 2001 until 2010 in the saga of J.K Rolling “Harry Potter” witch known a planetary success. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 film poster, Emma in Hermione’s role

She played in 12 other films very different roles.

From left to right: films posters of: Colonia 2015, Beauty and the Beast March 2017, The Circle July 2017

Emma in Lena’s role, Colonia (top left), Mae Holland in The Circle (top right), Beauty in Beauty and the Beast (low)

“I don’t want other people to decide who I am, I want to decide that for myself.” 

Besides being a talentuous actress, Emma Watson also acts for women’s rights. Interested by the little girl’s education around the world, she went to Bangladesh in 2010 on a secret visit were she visited several home textile industry workers, and in Zambia in 2012.

Emma in Bangladesh (top), Emma in Zambia (low and right)

“All I can do is to follow my instinct, because I’ll never please everyone.” 

Emma during her graduation, 25th May 2014

Moreover her’s actress life, the young women has chosen to follow her studies in English literature at the American Brown University. University members of the prestigious Ivy League, situated in the States of Rhode Island at Providence, where she graduated in 2014, the year of her 24th birthday. She announced a break of her actress activity in order to concentrate on her personal projects, especially based on feminism, this same year. 

“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting.”  

She was named Goodwill ambassador of the UN Women, always during 2014. “He For She”, this is the campaign launched by Emma Watson on the 20th September 2014 witch extol gender equality. “This is an honour to be named Goodwill ambassador of UN Women.” The same woman launched her speech in front of the United Nations and make her voice sound in favor of genders equality. On the occasion of the second anniversary of the movement, she expresses herself again at the UN HQ during her 26th years, on September 21st 2016, always so devoted and with her British accent we all know. Her message is clear: education is an important accelerator of equality progress. She raised her voice on behalf of those who can’t be eared, inspires again with her words fulfilled of determination and hope. The young ambassador of “He For She” campaign, to UN Women organisation, actively fight in favor of women’s right and represent one of the biggest icon of actual feminist.  

Emma goodwill ambassador of UN Women (left), during her speech “He For She” (right)

 

“I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. I’m going to figure out what that is.”

In December 2014, the American NGO “Ms Foundation for Women” awards her the title of “feminist personality of the year”. The next year, for her 25th birthday, she enters in the top 100 of the more influents personality of the time magazine.

In addition of being the “He For She” campaign ambassador, the talentuous Emma launched a feminist reading club “Our Shared Shelf” in January 2016. It was named by her twitter follower’s help. On the home page of the site, the actress reminds to her fans that her mission as UN Goodwill ambassador had encouraged her to read lots of books about men and women equality. This club is accessible for all to share and exchange.

“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do, or cannot achieve. Do. Not. Allow. It.”

For her first 11th club’s books, Emma leaves a message to her readers on the site talking about what she thinks of them “Dear Our Shared Shelf, (…) Emma x”

She also played the good fairy hiding some books in the Londoner metro, with a hand written note in it. She posted a picture of herself holding one on the social networks. In totally, on 2016, the young woman would have approximatively hidden one hundred books!

Emma on social networks with her reading (top right + low left), picture of Emma to a social network in her good fairy role (low right)

“I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.”

Caitlin Moran, How to be a Woman.

“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.”

 

E.Watson announced to the great displeasure of her fans that she was putting her career on break for a year, this year, 2018.

She wants to concentrate on herself, on her personal development.

Her “task” is to read one book a week and one book a month witch is from her reading club.

What would inspire her fans...

 

 

Book’s covers of the reading club “Our Shared Shelf”

“We must try to mobilize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. We don’t just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure it’s tangible.”

© Schrank, 2017

The 27 years old actress took advantage of the Oscars ceremony which took place this year to affirm her support to the “Time’s up” movement, as many others actors and actress. Sunday the 4th March 2018, during the post-Oscars evening, Emma appears wearing a black long dress decorated with an opulent necklace. This is with pride that she presents her “Times Up” tattoo on her right forearm, in reference of the sexual assault movement, founded the 1st January 2018 by hollywoodian celebrity. This is a foundation launched by more than 300 celebrities (actress, writers, producers) such as: Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett… and which the first objective is to help sexual harassment victims, promote parity and help the less fortunate to defend themselves, even in front of tribunals, and beyond the only cinema industry.

Emma during the post-Oscar evening with her « Times Up » tatoo (left), women manifestation in The Guardian (low right)

« Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive, both men and women should feel free to be strong. »

Poster of “Justice and Equality Fund”

In the month of February 2018, the young woman donated a million of pounds to a fund that supports victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence through a crowdfunding system GoFundMe on a page called “Justice and Equality Fund” created the 14th February 2018. A money collect system with the aim of 2 000 000 pounds and were 428 persons made a donation in 4 month to an actual total of 1 701 820 pounds.

 

“If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer, and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.”

 

The beautiful Emma Watson is one of the new figures of the XXIth century iconic feminist.

Mélyssa VOCANSON

 

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