Emma Watson Talks Feminism With Malala Yousafzai

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When former Harry Potter star-turned ultimate #girlpower ambassador Emma Watson and Nobel Prize winner and global activist Malala Yousafzai come together you just know it's going to be magic.

The 25-year-old actress took on the role of interviewer ​at the Into Film Festival to discuss Yousafzai's new documentary ​He Named Me Malala.

The 18-year-old activist admitted that she was unsure about whether or not to call herself a feminist, but that she credits Watson as the reason she now calls does.

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"Honoured to interview Malala yesterday" wrote Emma Watson. Photo: Twitter

"It has been a tricky word," she admitted.

"When I heard it the first time I heard some negative responses and some positive ones. I hesitated in saying am I feminist or not. Then after hearing your speech [at the UN], I decided there's no way, and there's nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist. So I'm a feminist and we all should be a feminist because feminism is another word for equality."

Posting the interview on her Facebook account, Watson described the Nobel Prize winner as "giving, utterly graceful, compelling and intelligent".

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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.

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