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Emma Watson made a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

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Best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies Emma Watson took to her twitter account in the small hours of this morning to announce her excitement, “So excited to start work with the AMAZING people at UN Women! xx”.

Emma WatsonThe British star has long been involved in humanitarian work and has previously visited Zambia and Bangladesh as part of her efforts to promote girls' education. 

In a statement on the UN Women website the Ivy League graduate wrote of her delight at 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”.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, said that the organisation was thrilled and honoured to work with Miss Watson. She believes that Emma will help engage young people in the issues of gender equality, “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.”

Emma joins a long list of celebrities who are involved with the United Nations including Mia Farrow, Charlize Theron, Drew Barrymore, Stevie Wonder and the most famous, Angelina Jolie who was previously a Goodwill Ambassador before being appointed Special Envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees and was recently awarded an honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.

For more information on UN Women visit www.unwomen.org and visit www.heforshe.org to find out more about their HeForShe campaign, which is a movement in which the support for women’s human rights is strengthen by enlisting the support of men who put themselves forward as advocates for gender equality.

Some of the men involved include Matt Damon, Antonio Banderas and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.




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