Emma Watson Powerful Speech at U.N. About Gender Inequality




As I watch the speech given by Emma Watson at the UN, I ponder deeply when she spoke about how we as women are trying to find that gender equality in a way that " [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive." We as women must know that our rights is not in competition with the rights of men. And our value as women, our contribution to the society, to our homes, to our dear beloved families is not in competition with the roles of men. We don't have to bring down the confidence of men simply because we cannot find our way to fulfill our part in the society where we belong. She addressed: "Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either." And maybe we cannot find that equality because we cannot see that men and women are unique to each other, both have different roles to play, they are capable and endowed with different gifts so they could flourish and succeed. Men and women are meant to work side by side helping each other fulfill the roles that they must.  "We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are." The society in which we live may tell us what we should be, they may limit to us the opportunities and rights that we should have. But as men and women we can always chose to respect, and not to think or value one gender as superior to the other. 




Check out a transcript of Watson's speech below.
"Today, we are launching a campaign called HeForShe. I am reaching out to you before 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 to 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 it's tangible."
"I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women six months ago and the more I've 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 I was 8, I was confused about being called 'bossy' because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be 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 'muscle-y,' when at 18, my males friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems 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 become 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 [applause break] ... I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and the decisions that 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 are 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. 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, Hillary 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 than 30 percent of the 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." [Applause break] "Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I've seen my father's role as a parent being valued les 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—or less of a man. In fact, in the U.K., suicide is the biggest killer of men, 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 want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don't have to be aggressive, women won't be compelled to be submissive. If men don't need to control, women won't have to be controlled."
"It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should 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 their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves."
"You might think, 'Who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the U.N.?' And it's a really good question—I've been asking myself at 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 my responsibility 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 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 that those words will be helpful because the reality is, if we do nothing, it will take 75 years or for me, to be nearly 100, 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."
Emma Watson, Ban Ki-moon

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Max Mara Spring 2015 RTW – Runway Modest Picks

Masx Mara's Spring collection has this floral and black and white prints, with matching prints from head to toe.  To have an idea of their  fashion inspiration take a look at the pictures below. 














Etro Spring 2015 RTW – Runway Modest Dresses



Etro Spring 2015 RTW – Runway:  Their dresses from this collection offers colorful prints and many choices of modest dresses too. 


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Etro Spring 2015 RTW


Etro Spring 2015 RTW

Etro Spring 2015 RTW

Etro Spring 2015 RTW

Etro Spring 2015 RTW


Etro Spring 2015 RTW

Etro Spring 2015 RTW

Etro Spring 2015 RTW

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Etro Spring 2015 RTW




Missoni Spring 2015 RTW – Runway-Modest Dresses

Missoni Spring 2015 Runway

Missoni Spring 2015 Runway

Missoni Spring 2015 Runway

Missoni Spring 2015 Runway

Missoni Spring 2015 Runway


Tod's Spring 2015 RTW Collection-Modest Dresses

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Tod's Spring 2015 RTW

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Giorgio Armani Modest Dresses Spring 2015 Collection



Giorgio Armani Spring 2015 RTYW
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Giorgio Armani Spring 2015 RTW – Runway


Giorgio Armani Spring 2015 RTYW

Giorgio Armani Spring 2015 RTYW

Giorgio Armani Spring 2015 RTYW

Giorgio Armani Spring 2015 RTYW

Giorgio Armani Spring 2015 RTYW


Bottega Veneta Spring 2015 Modest Dresses

Here are some of the modest dresses we picked from  the 2015 RTW Collection of Bottega Veneta.
For this season, I like the metallic colored cardigans they have and how they accentuate the waist with belts.  


Bottega Veneta Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Runway Photos

Bottega Veneta Spring 2015 RTW – Runway


Bottega Veneta Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Runway Photos

Bottega Veneta Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Runway Photos

Bottega Veneta Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Runway Photos

Bottega Veneta Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Runway Photos

Bottega Veneta Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Runway Photos

Jil Sander Modest Dress From 2015 RTW Collection





Jil Sander Spring 2015

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Aquilano.Rimondi- Modest Dress from 2015 RTW Collection


For this week, we would like to feature this modest dress inspiration by Aquilano Rimondi. 

Aquilano.Rimondi Spring 2015

Aquilano.Rimondi Spring 2015 RTW – Runway

Princess Diana, Most Elegant and Modest Dresses


In memory of the girl that will always be the People's Princess, let's look back and take a look at the dresses she wore with elegance and grace of a true princess.  



The most expensive bride's gown in the world. 



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Her Catherine Walker sequin gown























Displayed at the Kensington Palace, they said this gown was worne by Diana.