Emma Watson discussed gender equality and women's rights with fellow actor and UN Ambassador Forest Whitaker yesterday, as part of the launch for HeForShe's Arts Week, timed to coincide with International Women's Day.
Arts Week will take place in New York from March 8-15, in partnership with the New York Public Theatre, and will spotlight the work of UN Women as the champion of women's rights globally. Partner institutions, such as ballets, theatres and operas, will also donate a percentage of proceeds to the organisation.
"The arts both reflect and influence culture. At its best, art shapes how we see the world," said Watson. "So it makes perfect sense for HeForShe to partner with arts institutions like the Public Theater to evolve the behaviours, norms and perceptions that shape our cultural view of gender." During her speech at the launch, the actress also added, “Study after study show the logic and value of gender equality in commerce, politics, and peace building. But we have to do more than help people see the logic with their minds. It's also about making them feel it in their bones. This really, emotionally — this is what changes us. It's what makes us act. You can't unwatch great films, you can't unread incredible books, you can't unsee groundbreaking art. They change you forever. ...Social progress can inspire art, and so the arts can inspire social progress.”
Emma launched HeForShe with a speech to the UN in September 2014, in which she called on men to do their bit to help end gender discrimination. Countless male celebrities came forward in support of the movement, including Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston. HeForShe Art Week is the next step for the organisation in helpng to change the attitudes of men and women in the fight for gender equality.
For more information, see HeForShe.com
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