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Emma Watson debuts inspirational short film Hurdles about equality for women

'The race is still on. Every day of every year of our lives, but we will cross the finishing line. No one can stop us.'

Christopher Hooton@christophhooton
Monday 26 September 2016 08:46
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Emma Watson's new short film highlights hurdles in fight for women's equality

Emma Watson has worked tirelessly in her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, despite what some tabloids might say, and this weekend posted a “small film” she narrated and helped make about the hurdles women have overcome and still have yet to leap.

Okay, it’s not exactly high art, but it’s a useful little video nonetheless, set to Sia’s anthemic ‘Chandelier’ and illustrating the challenges using footage from the women’s Olympics hurdles final at the 1964 Tokyo games.

It shows the milestones passed (1963 - America passes the first Equal Pay Act, 97 countries now have more women than men at university) and the problems still persisting in the world (15 million child brides every year, 62 million girls are still out of school, 1 in 3 women still experience violence).

“There are many huge and high hurdles left to jump,” Watson narrates. “The race is still on. Every day of every year of our lives, but we will cross the finishing line. No one can stop us.”

Last week, director Joss Whedon assembled a ‘sh*t ton of famous faces’ for an anti-Trump video reminding US citizens to register to vote.

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