Emma Watson is a British actress, model and activist. She rose to prominence through her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. After the Harry Potter movies Emma developed a passion for fashion, which was cemented when she was chosen as the new face of Burberry in 2009, the same year she announced her support for fair trade fashion label People Tree.
In 2010, Emma began studying at Brown University in America and spent her third university year at Worcester College at Oxford University. She graduated in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature.
Dubbed the "Voice Of a Generation", in recent years, Emma has been a spokesperson on women’s rights and other social issues. In 2014, she was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which advocates for gender equality.
Since the launch of the HeForShe movement, Emma has participated in many events that have sought to promote women’s rights and women’s political participation. In January 2016, she started the feminist Goodreads book club: Our Shared Shelf, which aims to raise the topic of gender inequality by discussing scientific articles and books on the subject.
Emma joined One Young World as a Counsellor in 2016 and attended the Summit in Ottawa with ten young leaders who had won the One Young World Emma Watson Scholarship. This scholarship was for people who had shown positive activism and were leading change in gender equality through their own work and leading positive change in this field. The session that Emma led was called Gender Equality: Challenging stereotypes from the ground up.
This year Emma has been publicising the release of Disney's Beauty & the Beast where Emma has been promoting a feminist Belle for young girls to look up to and at the same time continuing public dialogue on gender equality.
"Feminism is simply the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities, and within that is the right of women, just like men, to make their own choices. Nothing more and nothing less."
Emma Watson was a counsellor at One Young World in Ottawa 2016.