Emma Watson Calls for Universities to Reform Sexual Assault Policies

She delivered a powerful speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

<p>"The university experience must tell women that their brain power is valued, and not just that, but that they belong among the leadership of the university itself. <span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">" —Emma Watson, in a <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a22717/emma-watson-addresses-sexual-assault-on-college-campuses-un-speech/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">speech at the UN General Assembly</a> </span></p>
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Emma Watson made a speech on Tuesday addressing sexual assault on college campuses as she presented HeForShe's report on gender equality within universities.

The actress and UN ambassador spoke about the responsibility of universities worldwide to show women that not only do they have the right to study, but that they have the right and opportunity to lead within universities too. She then addressed sexual violence within universities and called for the reform of campus sexual-assault policies.

"A university should be a place of refuge that takes action against all forms of violence," Watson explained. "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."

"The university experience must make it clear that the safety of women, minorities and anyone who may be vulnerable, is a right and not a privilege," she continued. "A right that 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."

Watch parts of her speech below.

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