NEW YORK (CNN) — Emma Watson is using her star power to push for gender equality.
The 24-year-old actress gave a moving speech before the United Nations Saturday as part of the launch of a new initiative.
“My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day.
“In 1997, Hillary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly, many of the things that she wanted to change are still true today. But what stood out for me the most was that less than 30% of the audience were male. How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcomed to participate in the conversation? Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation.”
The “He For She” campaign aims to get men involved in stopping violence and discrimination faced by women and girls.
Watson is the newly-appointed goodwill ambassador for UN Women.