Emma Watson is no stranger to campaigning for gender equality: She took a whole year off from acting to dedicate herself to feminism (thank you, Watson). She’s been a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador since 2014, and she’s made her mark with movements like HeForShe. And it was just last week that she gave a speech about combatting sexual assault on college campuses that made headlines.
Continuing her role as one of the world’s most visible women’s rights activists, Watson just debuted a short film called Hurdles—which she both narrated and helped produce—that addresses the fifth goal (gender equality) of The Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The short weaves together footage from the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo with a rather stirring PSA script about the hurdles women have fought to get to where we are today. Essentially, it makes the point that it just takes one—one country, one movement—to cause change (in 1893, for example, New Zealand gave women the right to vote; now, 192 others have).
But amid the vintage footage of women competing in that track and field event, the film also makes note of how far we need to go: There are 15 million child brides every year; 62 million girls are out of school; and a staggering one in three women experience violence.
Toward the end, as Sia’s “Chandelier” plays, Watson notes that the “race is still on—every day of every year of our lives. But we will cross the finish line. No one can stop us. Equality. Now.”
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