Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai was inspired to call herself a feminist after hearing Harry Potter actor Emma Watson’s speech to world leaders at the United Nations last year.

Watson is a UN global goodwill ambassador for women. She launched the 2014 HeForShe campaign with a powerful speech about gender inequality.

The 25-year-old actor interviewed Yousafzai, 18, at the premiere of a documentary about her, He Named Me Malala.

“Today I met Malala. She was giving, utterly graceful, compelling and intelligent,” Watson said on Facebook.

Watson said the most moving part of the interview was when Yousafzai admitted she used to think feminism was “a very tricky word” but she now embraces it.

“I hesitated in saying `am I a feminist or not’ and then after hearing your speech when you said, `If not now, when? If not me, who?’ I decided that there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist.

“So I am a feminist and we all should be feminists because feminism is another word for equality,” Yousafzai said in the video.


“Wow. I’m so moved to hear that,” replied Watson.

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