According to the United Nations, UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women and was established to help meet their needs across the world.
Watson will be working with the organization to promote her new campaign, HeForShe. The campaign encourages men to speak up about inequality of genders, all around the globe.
The actress, who rose to fame as Hermione in the Harry Potter series, announced her excitement over the opportunity on Tuesday.
Going to be working for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women (!!!) http://t.co/9ABpKSrNCb— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) July 7, 2014
"We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women," said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of 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."
In the past, Watson has showed her passion for the cause, and in May she took to Twitter to share her anger over the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls.
It's important that these men are held accountable for their crimes and that we keep up the pressure to find these girls. #BringBackOurGirls— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) May 9, 2014
Watson made a statement on her new project via the United Nations.
"Being asked to serve as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling," she said. "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."
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