Malala Yousafzai Tells Emma Watson: ‘We Should All Be Feminists’
But if there were one I would set my fund on to succeed and make change on this planet, it would be hers.( The Malala Fund ). Malala isn’t messing around or mincing her words( one of the many reasons I love her ). She has the strength of her sentences coupled with the kind of determination I rarely encounter … And it doesn’t seem to have been diminished by the success she has already had. And lastlyShe has a sense of peace around her. I leave this for last because it is perhaps the most important point.
Maybe as a result of what she has been through? I personally think it is just who she isPerhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, I had initially planned to ask Malala whether or not she was a feminist but then researched to see whether she had used this word to describe herself.
Having seen that she hadn’t, I decided to take the question out before the day of our interview. To my utter shock Malala set the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself. Maybe feminist isn’t the easiest word to employ … But she did it ANYWAY. You can probably see in the interview how I felt about this. She also gave me time at the end of the Q& A to speak about some of my own work, which she most certainly didn’t need to do, I was there to interview her.
I think this gesture is so emblematic of what Malala and I went on to discuss. I’ve spoken before on what a controversial word feminism is currently. More recently, I am learning what a factionalized motion it is too. We are all moving towards the same goal. Let’s not make it scary to say you’re a feminist.
I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive motion. Let’s join our hands and move together so we can make real change. Malala and I are pretty serious about it but we need you. With love, Emma x #HeNamedMeMalala #notjustamovieamovement Malala Fund Into Film
Posted by Emma Watson on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Two of our favorite young feminists sat down to discuss gender equality — and it was awesome.
Actress and UN Women’s advocate Emma Watson interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai about Yousafzai’s new documentary “He Named Me Malala” at a screening of the movie in England. Watson shared the video of the interview and her supposes Wednesday afternoon on her Facebook page.
Watson and Yousafzai talked about how 18 -year-old Yousafzai only recently started identifying as a feminist and the importance of involving men in the fight for gender equality.
This word ‘feminism’ has been a very tricky word, ” Yousafzai told Watson. “When I heard it the first time, I hear some negative responses and some positive ones. And I hesitated in saying ‘am I a feminist or not? ‘ And then after hearing your speech, when you said If not know when? If not me who ? I decided that theres nothing incorrect by calling yourself a feminist.”
In her Facebook post, Watson described this part of the discussion as “perhaps the most moving moment” of the interview. The actress planned to ask Yousafzai if she was a feminist but decided to take the question out at the last minute. To Watson’s surprise and “utter shock” Yousafzai set the question back into the conversation by answering it on her own.
She said people have “forgotten” the real definition of feminism, telling Watson in the interview, “I am a feminist and we should all be feminists because feminism is another word for equality.
Yousafzai used her father as a perfect example that men can and should be involved in the gender equality motion. My father has set an example to all mothers, ” she said. “If we want equality, if we want equal rights for women then men have to step forward We all have to work together for change to come.
Towards the end of the interview, the women’s rights activist explained why a person’s gender should never hold them back from reaching their goals.
Your gender should not create any difficulty in the choices that you build, ” Yousafzai said. “Its about equality, its about feminism, its about saying that were all human beings. Why would you divide us only because our gender is different? “
“Let’s not make it scary to say you’re a feminist, ” Watson wrote. “I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive motion. Let’s join our hands and move together so we can make real change.”
Now this is a feminist duo we’d love to see do more together.
H/ T The Guardian
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