It was just announced that actress and internet sorceress Emma Watson has been selected to be a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. She was personally appointed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women (Phumzilla, as we call her). Emma Watson had this to say after she received the appointment:
“Being asked to serve as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling. The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role,” said Ms. Watson.
Great news for Emma, but even greater news for the UN Women, whose website crashed not long after the news was released.
Interest in the news drove online traffic to the organization’s website and crashed it. The organization’s Twitter feed said: “The exciting announcement of @EmWatson’s appointment as our Goodwill Ambassador crashed our website! We apologize & hope to be back up soon. [HollywoodReporter]
I’ll admit, due to a little dyslexia and slightly distracted by the photo of Emma Watson in this article, I originally read this as “Emma Watson named the Goodwill Ambassador for Women at the UN.” I started imagining Emma Watson going from country to country, meeting with oppressive male political leaders and teaching them politeness and respect. Then I started imagining what it would be like if Emma Watson taught Silvio Berlusconi some manners at one of his famous Bunga Bunga parties. She would teach him to slow-dance instead of trying to bump-and-grind, while he continually fought off the urge to unfasten her bra. Slowly, he would learn to respect women and soon he and Emma would fall in love, and when they finally kissed he would turn into a prince and all of his appliances would turn back into their former human form. And they would live happily ever after. I call this story Beauty and Berlusconi.
Unfortunately, the United Nations Ambassador for Women is something that my brain made up. But this news did help me to discover the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (AKA UN Women). Which is actually an amazing organization that you should definitely read about later, once they get their website back up.