Emma Watson Wants Men to Speak Out for Women’s Rights
Emma Watson is taking her talents off the screen to get the world to be a more equal place for women.
The actress who got her break in Hollywood playing Harmione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise has just been announced as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. She will be working with U.N. Women, the organization’s entity for gender equality advocacy, promoting women’s rights worldwide.
“So excited to start work with the AMAZING people at UN Women!,” Watson tweeted on Monday with a smiley face emoticon.
Watson, who just graduated from Brown University earlier this year, considers herself a feminist. She used her celebrity status in May to raise awareness about hundreds of Nigerian girls who had been abducted by a terrorist by tweeting a photo of herself holding up a sign that read “#bringbackourgirls.”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, under-secretary-general and executive director of U.N. Women, said Watson “embodies the values of U.N. Women,” something that will come in handy as she engages young people in the cause. Her main project will be promoting the HeForShe Campaign, that encourages men to speak up for women’s rights.
“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,” said Watson in a statement. “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.”
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