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Emma Launches HeForShe Gender Equality Campaign

UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson co-hosted a special event launching the HeForShe campaign from the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday. “The event aims to kick-start a global solidarity movement in support of women’s rights and full equality between women and men,” and “will put men at the center of activism and dialogue to end persistent inequalities faced by women and girls around the world. Over the next 12 months, the campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change for gender equality.”

A highlight of the event was the unveiling of the HeForShe map, “a real-time map with a geo locator that captures men’s engagement with the initiative around the world.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the first goal of mobilizing 100,000 people and became the first member by activating the map. I am number 64. What is your number?

 

Some photos from the event

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And afterparty at the Peninsula Hotel

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Emma’s speech and closing words (portion of the video thanks to Leonardo Ogioni on youtube)

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Your excellencies, UN Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly, executive director of UN Women, and distinguished guests.

Today we are launching a campaign called “HeForShe.”

I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality – and to do this we need everyone involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. And we don’t just want to talk about it, we want to try and make sure that it’s tangible.

I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women 6 months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.

For the record, feminism by definition is: “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”

I started questioning gender-based assumptions a long time ago, when I was eight, I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents—but the boys were not.

When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the media.

When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscly.”

When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings.

I decided that I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminist. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men. Unattractive even.

Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?

I am from Britain and I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.

No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality.

These rights I consider to be human rights, but I am one of the lucky ones. My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influencers were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it, but they are inadvertent feminists who are changing the world today. We need more of those. And if you still hate the word—it is not the word that is important, it’s the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have received the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been.

In 1997, Hilary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly many of the things that she wanted to change are still true today.

But what stood out for me the most was that less than 30 per cent of the audience were male. How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?

Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s.

I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man — in fact in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20-49; eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.

We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned through gender stereotypes but I can see that that they are and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.

If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.

Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.

If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.

I want men to take up this mantle. So that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.

You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing speaking at the UN. And it’s a really good question, I have been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.

And having seen what I’ve seen — and given the chance — I feel it is my responsibility to say something. Statesman Edmund Burke said: “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.”

In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt I’ve told myself firmly — If not me, who? If not now, when? If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you I hope that those words will be helpful.

Because the reality is, that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred, before women can expect to be paid the same as men, for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children. And at current rates it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education.

If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists I spoke of earlier.

And for this I applaud you.

We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is that we have a uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen and to ask yourself, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

Thank you very, very much.

Emma is the Britannia British Artist of the Year

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced Emma Watson as this year’s recipient of The Brittania Award for British Artist of the Year. “This honor pays tribute to a talented British artist whose outstanding performances have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship. Whether an emerging talent, or an established name, the British Artist of the Year is a person who represents the best of UK’s talent”. Past honorees include Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Helen Bonham-Carter and Emily Blunt.

“The BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards honor individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond. The Britannia Awards are presented annually at a gala dinner, where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of the year’s distinguished honorees. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.”

Other honorees at this year’s Jaguar Brittania Awards include Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Dame Judy Dench. The ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, and will broadcast on BBC America in the US on November 2.

Emma Encourages Women’s Participation in Politics

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attended a meeting on Wednesday in Uruguay’s Parliament, speaking with top ministers, government officials and women’s rights activists on the importance of increasing women’s participation in politics.

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“Women’s rights are personal to me, especially on political participation and leadership. I am delighted to be here today as a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women and learn about the work on the ground, hear from the people at the frontlines, and to understand what is working and what is not. I am here to support and to amplify these voices and share this work with a global audience. Women must have a say in matters that affect their countries, communities and families. After all, they are half of the population, so women’s equal participation in decision-making is a question of justice and democracy,” said Ms. Watson. “I have learned that it is also a question of priorities, as women are more likely to focus on issues such as education, health, unpaid care economy and the environment. These are important issues that affect all of us.”

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October Calendar Competition

The October Calendar Competition is now open.

  • The size of the calendar should be at least 1024×768. Higher resolutions are good. Widescreen is also allowed.
  • Calendars must be in a common graphics format such as jpg, tiff, gif or png.
  • It must have Emma-Watson.net and October and it should have the dates. It should be mostly original work, and images used should be respectful of Emma’s privacy.
  • The deadline to submit calendars is September 27.
  • No more than 3 entries per person please. Please send entries to emmawatson.graphics@gmail.com

Emma Co-hosting Special HeForShe Event for UN Women

British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will co-host a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign on 20 September 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The event aims to kick-start one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century for the achievement of gender equality calling upon one half of humanity in support of the other half for the benefit of all.

Over the next 12 months the HeForShe campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone – socially, politically and economically.

The special event will bring together gender experts, government officials, senior United Nations officials, civil society organizations and HeForShe celebrity champions and role models to discuss the central role of men and boys in the achievement of gender equality, and to raise awareness that the support of women’s rights is a moral, social and economic imperative for humanity.

What: Special Event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign.
Attendance by invitation only.

When: Saturday, 20 September 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: United Nations Trusteeship Council, New York

Note to media:

The event is open to UN accredited media only, but space is limited. RSVP at: http://goo.gl/keW56x

The event will be webcast live at: http://webtv.un.org/ and photos will be available for downloading:
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Emma in La La Land

Back in June there were reports that Emma Watson was in talks for a lead role in the musical La La Land, with Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent), but since then, nothing. Then this week Teller apparently mentioned that after filming “Bleed for This” in Rhode Island he will be back in Los Angeles to film La La Land with Emma, adding “It’s with the same director as ‘Whiplash’. It’s a musical that takes place in L.A., hence the ‘La La Land.’ I’ll get to play piano, sing and dance and stuff like that.”  I’m not sure that’s confirmation, but close.

 

Director Damien Chazelle’s vision for La La Land

I’d like to make a contemporary musical about L.A., starting with the L.A. we know but slowly building to a vision of the city as romantic metropolis–one that is actually worthy of the dreams it inspires. I’d like to make a musical about the way L.A.’s peculiar rhythms can push its residents to the edge of their emotions–be they hope, desperation or love. Think the kind of teetering-toward-madness you see in “The Graduate” or “Boogie Nights”, and imagine if you were to push that further. In this case, the city pushes its residents all the way: it pushes them into song.

The characters of this movie are just people trying to make it. One thing most movies about struggling L.A. actors and musicians miss is the poetry of their struggle: these are blue-collar folks working day in and day out to make something happen. What I’m interested in is pitting their yearnings and their ambitions against the musical genre. After all, musicals are all about the push-and-pull between reality and fantasy; the heroes of this film, because of their big dreams, are constantly poised on that edge. 

At its core, this is a movie about artists in love–and what it means to be an artist in love in arguably the most competitive city on the planet. How do you juggle the need to find success as an artist with the need to share oneself with another human being? And how do you do so in a place where every poster, every street corner and every sign remind you of the glories just beyond reach? L.A. is the “Dream Factory”, and to me there’s something swooningly romantic about that: all those unsung songs and unrealized ideas clouding the air. By casting an affectionate eye on a pair of young hopefuls, while aspiring to the kind of full-fledged romanticism you hardly ever see in today’s movies, I hope to capture the spirit of the city I now call home, and make a movie that feels both classical and urgent–and, yes, intrinsically L.A.”

September 2014 Calendar

 

Congratulations to Thomas, our winner for the September Calendar Competition!

 

 

Honorable mentions to Padawan, Monika, Christian, Christopher and Martin. Thank you to everyone that entered, and thank you to those who voted. All the competition entries can be viewed here.


 

September Calendar Vote

Voting for the September calendar is now open.

Remember, you only get to vote one time. Do not vote multiple times from different emails, and do not ask your friends to come and vote on your calendar. Let’s keep the competition fair.

Please make sure you write your choices in the order you like them. Your favorite should be first, then next favorite, etc.

  1. View the calendars here. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger preview image. Take your time, make sure you scroll all the way to the end and check out all the calendars.
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Voting is open through September 1, 00:00 GMT.

September Calendar Competition

Emma news has been pretty slow lately. Hopefully it will pick up again soon. But all we have for now is the September Calendar Competition is now open.

  • The size of the calendar should be at least 1024×768. Higher resolutions are good. Widescreen is also allowed.
  • Calendars must be in a common graphics format such as jpg, tiff, gif or png.
  • It must have Emma-Watson.net and September and it should have the dates. It should be mostly original work, and images used should be respectful of Emma’s privacy.
  • The deadline to submit calendars is August 28.
  • No more than 3 entries per person please. Please send entries to emmawatson.graphics@gmail.com

August 2014 Calendar

 

Congratulations to Jia, our winner for the August Calendar Competition!

 

 

Honorable mentions to Monica, Shang, Salman and Christian. Thank you to everyone that entered, and thank you to those who voted. All the competition entries can be viewed here.