Emma Watson Named As UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

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British actress Emma Watson has been named as the latest UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She joins the likes of Charlize Theron, Mia Farrow and of course Angelina Jolie (who is now a UN Special Envoy) as a celebrity ambassador.

So popular was the announcement of her joining, that it actually crashed the UN Women website early Tuesday July 8th!

“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,” she said in an official statement on the site. Try not to crash the site again by all going there at once people!

“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,” she continued.

In her new role, the young woman most notably known for playing Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter’ films will be an advocate for the ‘He for She’ campaign, as well as promote the empowerment of young women.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, under-secretary-general and executive director for UN Women said Emma Watson perfectly 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,” she said.

Aside from gender equality and women’s rights, Emma is passionate about ethical fashion, as well as positive body image for women. Being an in industry that is rife with narrow beauty standards, photoshop and media pressure, Emma seems to have a firm grasp on reality while balancing out a successful career.

“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,” she continued in her statement about her new appointment.

UN Women is one of the youngest branches of the United Nations, and Emma’s appointment is the first for executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The UN Women’s mission is to “elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women, and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.”

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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. – See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/7/un-women-announces-emma-watson-as-goodwill-ambassador#sthash.l0zSLXKn.dpuf

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. – See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/7/un-women-announces-emma-watson-as-goodwill-ambassador#sthash.l0zSLXKn.dpuf

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