EMMA WATSON INTERVIEWS MALALA YOUSAFZAI
Actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson interviewed education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in a video that has garnered over 4 million views in just three days.
In the live Q&A posted on Watson’s Facebook page, promoting Yousafzai’s film He Named Me Malala, the 18-year-old Pakistani activist confessed that Watson’s September 2014 #HeForShe speech, which called on men to support gender equality, inspired her to become a feminist.
I hesitated in saying am I a feminist or not and then after hearing your speech, when you said “if not now, when? If not me, who?”, I decided that there’s no way and there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist, so I am a feminist. And feminism is another word for equality.’
Watson was clearly touched by the words as her eyes filled with tears during the interview. The Harry Potteractress took to her Facebook page shortly afterwards saying:
‘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 put the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself.’