Emma Watson spent the last week traveling to Uruguay to encourage women to participate in politics and speaking out in favor of woman’s rights around the world at the HeForShe event at the U.N. Summit.
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In addition to speaking out for women, Watson also supports some amazing causes, among them the Great Ormand Street Hospital, most famous for it’s association with Peter Pan and Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie. She also supports Sense, ShelterBox and, relevant to her activities this week, UNIFEM.
Emma Watson, who was recently appointed as a U.N. Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, traveled to Uruguay to bring attention to the need for women to become more involved in politics within their country as an impending election looms. A new law has created a national quota that guarantees 30 percent of the elected representatives will be women.
“Women must have a say in matters that affect their countries, communities and families,” Watson said. “After all, they are half of the population, so women’s equal participation in decision-making is a question of justice and democracy.”
Watson was attending a meeting in the country’s capital city, Montevideo. The meeting was hosted by Cotidiano Mujer, an organization that was the recipient of a grant from the U.N. Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. Watson met with women’s advocates from around the country and listened to their strategies to increase women’s voices throughout different political platforms in Uruguay. As well as women’s advocates, Watson also met with several top government officials, as well as young women politicians. She will also be participating in an event where women’s rights activists will submit signatures calling for an extension of the national quota law. This follows a “Do your bit for the quota” campaign, which was launched in July. Continue reading