An impassioned advocate for women and girls, Emma Watson is no stranger to speaking up to secure the rights of women around the world — and her recent speech is no exception.
According to Marie Claire, Watson addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to draw attention to “sexual assault on college campuses as she presented HeForShe‘s report on gender equality within universities.”
In her speech, Marie Claire says Watson explained that universities around the world are responsible for showing women “that not only do they have the right to study, but that they have the right and opportunity to lead within universities too.”
Later calling for revamped sexual assault policies on college campuses, Marie Claire reports Watson painted a picture of universities as a “place of refuge” from violence.
“A university should be a place of refuge that takes action against all forms of violence,” she said. “That’s why, we believe, that students should leave university believing in, striving for, and expecting societies of true equality in every sense and that universities have the power to be a vital catalyst for change.”
Watson went on to assert that the college experience must make the safety of all those who are vulnerable, including women and minorities, a “right and not a privilege,” reports Marie Claire.
This right, she offered, “will be respected by a community that supports and respects survivors, and recognizes that when one person’s safety is violated, the safety of everyone should feel violated.”