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Emma Watson Interviews Malala Yousafzai & Wants To Make Her a Feminist

Emma Watson Interviews Malala Yousafzai & Wants To Make Her a Feminist

Emma Watson had the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this week to interview Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

The 25-year-old actress and activist shared her experience with her fans on Facebook. Here’s what she wrote:

“Today I met Malala. She was giving, utterly graceful, compelling and intelligent. That might sound obvious but I was struck by this even more in person. There are lots of NGOs out there in the world doing great things… But if there were one I would put my money on to succeed and make change on this planet, it would be hers. (The Malala Fund). Malala isn’t messing around or mincing her words (one of the many reasons I love her). She has the strength of her convictions coupled with the kind of determination I rarely encounter… And it doesn’t seem to have been diminished by the success she has already had. And lastly…She has a sense of peace around her. I leave this for last because it is perhaps the most important. Maybe as a result of what she has been through? I personally think it is just who she is…

“Perhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, 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. Maybe feminist isn’t the easiest word to use… But she did it ANYWAY. You can probably see in the interview how I felt about this. She also gave me time at the end of the Q&A to speak about some of my own work, which she most certainly didn’t need to do, I was there to interview her. I think this gesture is so emblematic of what Malala and I went on to discuss. I’ve spoken before on what a controversial word feminism is currently. More recently, I am learning what a factionalized movement it is too. We are all moving towards the same goal. Let’s not make it scary to say you’re a feminist. I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive movement. Let’s join our hands and move together so we can make real change. Malala and I are pretty serious about it but we need you.

“With love, Emma x”

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Today I met Malala. She was giving, utterly graceful, compelling and intelligent. That might sound obvious but I was struck by this even more in person. There are lots of NGOs out there in the world doing great things… But if there were one I would put my money on to succeed and make change on this planet, it would be hers. (The Malala Fund). Malala isn't messing around or mincing her words (one of the many reasons I love her). She has the strength of her convictions coupled with the kind of determination I rarely encounter… And it doesn't seem to have been diminished by the success she has already had. And lastly…She has a sense of peace around her. I leave this for last because it is perhaps the most important. Maybe as a result of what she has been through? I personally think it is just who she is…Perhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, 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. Maybe feminist isn't the easiest word to use… But she did it ANYWAY. You can probably see in the interview how I felt about this. She also gave me time at the end of the Q&A to speak about some of my own work, which she most certainly didn't need to do, I was there to interview her. I think this gesture is so emblematic of what Malala and I went on to discuss. I've spoken before on what a controversial word feminism is currently. More recently, I am learning what a factionalized movement it is too. We are all moving towards the same goal. Let's not make it scary to say you're a feminist. I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive movement. Let's join our hands and move together so we can make real change. Malala and I are pretty serious about it but we need you. With love, Emma x#HeNamedMeMalala #notjustamovieamovement Malala Fund Into Film

Posted by Emma Watson on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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  • Mark Jekabson

    I liked when Ms. Watson followed the suggestion to address her audience directly with a platform for what her organization is really all about. It was well put and has some sympathies with what Ms. yousafszai is trying to do as far as being inclusive as a sort of creed in regards to membership. This is a side note but it brought to mind, for me, the memory of an interview I saw on CNN with the senator Lindsey Graham in which he segued, when prompted, into addressing the Taliban directly with what didn’t amount to a plea but more of a ‘cease and desist’ message in regards to their treatment of women and other civilians not in line with their way of life. In Lindseys case I almost feel that he’s always and almost living up to the confidence he displayed then in staking out reasons for animosity and noncomplicity with what has qualified as an enemy military and consequently has led to a hawkish stance against radical islam. In Ms. Watsons case her goal seems to be more of a preemptive strike for the purposes of preventing division as far as having a shared ideology with her peers. It may be a generational thing but I think her strategy is better because the best way to deal with enemies is not to have them in the first place. If she were to suddenly turn to the camera and start talking to the Taliban directly they might be more receptive to her than they would be to Senator Graham and his threats of more bombings and drone strikes.

  • @Salina Bujosa

    I watched the full interview and I thought is was fantastic! Two great and inspirational women coming together for a common positive purpose is great. These women are fighting for education for all girls. Good Job!

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