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Emma Watson appointed as UN Goodwill Ambassador

Jul 9, 2014 09:09 IST

Emma WatsonEmma Watson, the British Actress on 8 July 2014 was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. With this appointment, the accomplished actress and humanitarian Watson will work for empowerment of young women and also as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.   

Watson is the first Goodwill Ambassador appointment under Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s leadership. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.

About Emma Watson
• Watson is popularly known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series
• She in May 2014 graduated from Ivy League institution Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature
• She has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years and earlier has visited to Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts

About UN Women
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to issues of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women goodwill ambassadors include Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Thailand's Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol.

About UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign
HeForShe is a solidarity movement of UN Women. The campaign calls upon men and boys to stand up against the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The campaign strengthens the support for women’s rights as human rights by enlisting the support of men and exhorting them to put themselves forward as advocates for gender equality.

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