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Emma Watson Named Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women

Posted on July 8, 2014 by
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Emma Watson is having quite the year. Fresh out of graduating from Brown University, the actress can now add something else onto her ever-growing resume: humanitarian.

UN Women, the United Nations’ entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, announced Monday that Watson has been appointed as their new Goodwill Ambassador.

According to a press release by the organization, Watson will dedicate her efforts towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.

“We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women,” stated Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, 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, who has previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia to promote girls’ education, took to Twitter to announce the big news:

The actress also released a statement on UN Women’s website:

“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.”

Bravo, Emma Watson!

You make me want to get off my chair and SAVE THE WORLD.

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