Emma Watson HeForShe Speech at the United Nations | UN Women 2014

Speech by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson at a special event for the HeForShe campaign, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 20 September 2014.

Today we are launching a campaign called HeForShe.

I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality and to do this we need everyone involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. And we don’t just want to talk about it, we want to try and make sure that is tangible.

I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UN women six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is:

The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes

I started questioning gender-based assumptions a long time ago when at eight I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents but the boys were not. When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the media. When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear muscly. When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings.

I decided that I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating and anti-men, unattractive even.

Why has the word such an uncomfortable one?

I am from Britain and I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.

No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality.

These rights I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones. 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 that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influencers were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are changing the world today. And we need more of those. And if you still hate the word it is not the word that is important it’s the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have received the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been.

In 1997, Hilary 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 then 30 per cent of her audience were male. How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?

Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s.

I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a men in fact in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between between 20 to 49 eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.

We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are and when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not instead of two opposing sets of ideals. 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.

I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.

You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing speaking at the UN. It’s a good question and trust me I have been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance I feel it is my responsability to say something. Statesman Edmund Burke said:

All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing

In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt I’ve told myself firmly if not me, who, if not now, when. If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you I hope those words might would be helpful. Because the reality is that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children. And at current rates it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education. If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier. And for this I applaud you.

We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is we have a uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen and to ask yourself if not me, who, if not now when.

Thank you.

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day sharing: i fondatori dei marchi di lusso integrati nel proprio logo

Mike Frederiqo ha avuto un’idea decisamnte originale e divertente. Come sarebbero i loghi dei più famosi brand di moda (e non solo) al mondo se venissero integrate le immagini dei fondatori? Ecco a voi il risultato. Riuscite a riconoscere Marc Jacobs, Gabrielle Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Vogue, Ralph Lauren e Marc Jacobs?

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day sharing: le otto regole della scrittura secondo Neil Gaiman

Ecco le 8 regole della scrittura concepite da Mister Neil Gaiman:

1. Scrivete

2. Mettete una parola dopo l’altra. Trovate la parola giusta e buttatela giù.

3. Finite ciò che state scrivendo. Qualunque cosa abbiate da fare, finitelo, finitelo.

4. Mettetelo da parte. Rileggetelo fingendo di non averlo mai letto prima. Mostratelo ad amici dei quali rispettate l’opinione e a cui piace il genere a cui appartiene quel testo.

5. Ricordate: quando qualcuno vi dice che c’è qualcosa di sbagliato o che qualcosa secondo lui non funziona, di solito ha ragione. Quando vi dicono nello specifico cosa non va e come correggerlo, si sbagliano quasi sempre.

6. Correggetelo. Ricordate che, prima o poi, prima di raggiungere la perfezione, dovrete accettarlo com’è, andare avanti e passare a scrivere un’altra cosa. La perfezione è un po’ come rincorre l’orizzonte. Mai fermarsi.

7. Ridete alle vostre battute.

8. La regola principale della scrittura è che se lo si fa con abbastanza sicurezza e fiducia in se stessi, si può fare qualunque cosa si voglia (potrebbe anche essere una regola di vita, oltre che di scrittura. Ma per la scrittura è sicuramente vera). Dunque, scrivete la vostra storia come ha bisogno di essere scritta. Scrivetela con onestà e raccontatela al meglio delle vostre possibilità. Non sono sicuro che ci siano altre regole. Almeno non regole importanti.

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i miei solari per l’estate 2014

Anche quest’anno ho scleto di comprare i solari su Eccoverde.it scegliendo tra la vasta gamma di prodotti per la cura e la protezione di pelle e capelli sotto il sole. Ho pensato fosse intelligente giocare d’anticipo (visto che lo scorso anno ero già abbronzata prima di partire per le vacanze). Li ho ordinati a maggio e a oggi (agosto) ci saranno stati si e no 5 giorni di sole. Alla grande.

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Questi sono dei campioncini di crema solare con protezione 50+ waterproof di La Roche Posay che mi ha regalato il mio farmacista. L”inci non è dei migliori, ma li ho e quindi ho deciso di utilizzarli.

Inci: Aqua/Water, Isododecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denat., Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide, Isocetyl Stearate, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Polymethylsilsequioxane, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Disodium Edta, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dodecene, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Isopropyl Lauryl Peg/Ppg-18/18 Methicone, Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer 407, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Propylene Carbonate, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine.

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Per il viso ho scelto anche quest’anno un prodotto della Bio Solis, il fluido solare super con protezione 50+ (non uso protezioni inferiori, sebbene sia un fototipo mediterraneo, mi abbronzo e difficilmente mi scotto). Questo fluido è ideale per l’esposizione prolungata al sole e per la pelle intollerante ai raggi solari. Previene allergie e intolleranze, aiuta ad attenuare i segni di iper-pigmentazione, previene e protegge contro l’invecchiamento prematuro della pelle, riducendo i danni cellulari indotti dal sole.

Inci: Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Aloe Barbadensis gel *, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Coconut Alkanes, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Propanediol, Pongamia Glabra (Karanja) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Aluminum hydroxyde, Sodium Chloride, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Oil *, Daucus Carota Sativa(Carrot)Root Extract*/ Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)Seed Oil*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Alumina, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol.

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Per il corpo ho optato per la crema con fattore di protezione solare 50+ di Bioearth senza profumazione. Grazie all’azione dei filtri solari fotostabili d’ultima generazione, protegge la pelle dai danni provocati dai raggi UVA e UVB e consente un’abbronzatura luminosa e graduale. Arricchisce la pelle di principi attivi naturali ad azione idratante, rigenerante e antiossidante.

Inci: Aqua, Isoamyl cocoate, Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl triazone, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, Cetearyl alcohol, Ethylhexyl stearate, Sodium cetearyl sulfate, Cetyl alcohol, Titanium dioxide, Glyceryl stearate SE, Helianthus annuus seed oil*, Aloe barbadensis leaf*, Cannabis sativa seed oil, Helichrysum angustifolium fl ower extract*, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Tocopheryl acetate, Silica, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Xanthan gum, Jojoba esters, Glucose, Potassium sorbate, Benzyl alcohol, Sorbitol, Sodium glutamate, Urea, Glycine, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Lactic acid, Sodium PCA, Panthenol.
*da agricoltura biologica.

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Come doposole ho scelto il Lavera con Aloe Vera bio e burro di karitè bio. La nuova lozione Lavera è ideale da applicare dopo l’esposizione al sole. Contiene un mix di oli biologici di soia, girasole, cocco e burro di karité, che si prendono cura della pelle. Il gel bio di Aloe Vera, così come gli estratti di fiori di calendula, donano alla pelle la freschezza e l’idratazione necessaria, mentre le vitamine E & C hanno un effetto protettivo profondo.

Inci: Water (Aqua), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Citral**, Coumarin**, Eugenol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Benzyl Alcohol**
* da agricoltura biologica
** olii essenziali naturali

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cooking mama: gazpacho

Le giornate di caldo e sole, quest’estate, si possono contare sulle dita di una mano. Presa la palla al balzo, al primo raggio di sole mi sono lanciata e ho provato a fare il gazpacho. Primo tentativo, promosso. Il gazpaco è una sorta di crema fredda andalusa da gustare con semi e crostini di pane. Come per tutte le prime volte, mi sono affidata ad una ricetta e l’ho seguita scrupolosamente. Questi gli ingredienti per 6 persone:

6 pomodori a grappolo medi
1 peperone giallo grande
2 cetrioli
150gr mollica di pane
5 cucchiai di olio extravergine d’oliva
5 ciuffetti di basilico
3 cucchiaio di aceto
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Lavate e tagliate a pezzettini tutta la verdura. Fate ammorbidire la mollica di pane in una bacinella contenente dell’acqua. Mettete verdura, mollica, basilico, olio, aceto e sale in un mixer da cucina e frullate il tutto. Il procedimento, estremamente semplice, darà come risultato una vellulata fredda da condire e insaporire a piacimento. La prossima volta utilizzerò mezzo peperone giallo e mezzo peperone rosso per ottenere il classico colore rosso vivo del gazpacho.

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