Emma Watson Says 'This Year Isn't A Time To Remain Silent' And We Couldn't Agree More

The Harry Potter actress spoke out at the ELLE Style Awards to encourage people to use their voices to promote equality.

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You know when people describe someone as being 'wise beyond their years'?

Well, this has never been more true of actress, Emma Watson, after she spoke out among her peers in the entertainment industry at last night's 2017 ELLE Style Awards, imploring them to stand up against injustice and use their voices to 'raise the alarm' over threats to human rights.

Last night, the 26-year-old scooped the 'Woman of the Year' gong at the award show and told the audience: 'As an international media publication in a post-truth era, ELLE is a platform that gives a voice to feminists around the world.

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'This year is not a time to remain silent. This is not a year when we will allow ourselves to be silent. This is the year that women's voices are heard,' added the Beauty and the Beast star.

Emma, who exclusively told ELLE that while political division in the US is devastating, the positive is that it has helped a generation of women to show 'real solidarity'.

This is not a year when we will allow ourselves to be silent.

'That has been the upside of the downsides of late which is difficult times, but also this emerging, very cohesive group of women that are being very vocal,' she explained.

During her acceptance speech, the French-born star said it's the role of the media to give voice to equality, empathy and justice.

'ELLE and independent publications [reflect] our voices, and we need [them] to raise the alarm over the new threat over our bodies, our voices and rights.

'We hope that ELLE will be a megaphone that [shows] equality is a reality for everyone. This will be the year that she persisted,' she added, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's recent comment about the Senate's ban on Sen. Elizabeth Warren reading a letter written by the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King.

Wise words, Emma.

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