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Emma Watson named Goodwill Ambassador to UN Women

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Emma Watson's next trick: Helping women across the world

At the age of 24, Emma Watson is a college graduate with a successful career. But the actress is working to do more and she has signed on as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations organization, UN Women.

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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.

"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."

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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.

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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