Emma Watson named UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

Actress EMMA WATSON has been made a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' (U.N.) organization.

The Harry Potter star was appointed as a spokesperson for U.N. Women on Monday (07Jul14) and in the role she will dedicate her efforts to empowering young women around the world. She will also serve as an advocate for U.N. Women’s HeForShe campaign, which promotes gender equality.

A statement from the star reads: "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."

The recent Ivy League graduate is no stranger to promoting girls' education - she has previously visited young women in Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts.

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