|July 12, 2014 | By admin|
Ms. Watson, who is known for portraying the role of Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter film series, will dedicate her efforts to promote gender equality through UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, and the empowerment of young women.
“We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women,” stated Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women. “The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century, and 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,” added Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Ms. Watson was named after she was involved in humanitarian work in promoting girls’ education in Bangladesh and Zambia.
“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,” said Ms. Watson.
Ms. Watson is a recent graduate from the Ivy League institution Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.