Another day, another incredible moment for feminism courtesy of Emma Watson.
On the heels of her wildly successful HeForShe campaign, Watson is now keeping the momentum going at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In a new speech, the actress shared stories of the support that HeForShe had gained, and outlined a plan to make strides in gender equality worldwide over the course of the next year.
According to Vogue News, Watson told her Davos audience that even she was overwhelmed by the response from men who heeded her 2014 call to get on board with women's empowerment.
"I've been stunned by the amount of men in my life that have contacted me since my speech to tell me to keep going, and that they want to make sure that their daughters will still be alive to see a world where women have power and equality, economically and politically," she said. "I've had my breath taken away when a fan told me since watching my speech she has stopped herself being beaten up by her father. We are tapping into what the world wants: to be a part of change. Now we have to channel that energy into purposeful action."
She's not kidding about the "purposeful action" part, either. Emma was one of last year's most high-profile feminist voices, but this time, she's leading the charge in her capacity as a UN Ambassador to make gender equality happen worldwide, with an initiative known as 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," she said. "It is my belief that there is a greater understanding than ever that women need to be equal participants in our homes, in our societies, in our governments, and in our work places."
More information about IMPACT 10x10x10 can be found here.