The British actress Emma Watson is the new Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, to promote gender equality and strengthening the role of women worldwide, the organization announced on Wednesday. "The rights of women are something so inextricably linked to who I am, and so deeply rooted in my personal life, I cannot imagine a more exciting opportunity," Watson said in a statement. The artist, who shot to fame with the film adaptation of Harry Potter books, promised to take the work very seriously.
Watson is the first ambassador appointed by the current Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who highlighted the "honor" of being able to work with the actress. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the "youth engagement is very important to the advancement of gender equality in the XXI century" and was "convinced" that the "intelligence and passion" of the British actress will allow the message from UN Women "to reach the hearts and minds of young people around the world."
Watson, who recently graduated from Brown University, had previously participated in the promotion of education for girls and for that visited countries like Bangladesh and Zambia.