Emma Watson announced as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of Emma Watson as a Goodwill Ambassador.
The accomplished actress, humanitarian, and recent graduate of Ivy League institution Brown University, will dedicate her efforts as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador toward the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, said,
We are thrilled and honored to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women. The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century, and I am convinced that Emma’s intellect and passion will enable UN Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally.
Watson has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts. The actress said,
Being asked to serve as [a] 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.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Emma on her new appointment.