No one has ever accused Jennifer Lopez of not being a force of nature.
With a fierce attitude and success in spades, she was the perfect woman to be chosen to be the first-ever United Nations Foundation Global Advocate for Girls and Women.
Through the UN Foundation she will work to “end gender-based violence, improve maternal health care, and better the voices of the disenfranchised globally.”
She doesn’t credit her success as a performer and artist for fueling her need to give back, but her role as a mom, saying, “Becoming a mother has made me more aware of the struggles of women and children throughout the world. While some progress has been made, there is still a lot more work that needs to be done for gender equality and universal access to medical care.”
The creation of this role follows in the footsteps of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Every Woman, Every Child initiative. Launched in 2010, the initiative is a movement to “intensify international and national actions in both the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children.”
Lopez also said in her statement, “I am happy to be joining the UN Foundation and eager to lend my voice and ensure that all girls and woman are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered.”
Lopez is just the latest in an ever-growing list of amazingly popular and powerful women joining ranks with the United Nations to help make the world better for women and children.
Emma Watson, Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Selena Gomez and Nicole Kidman are just a few of the others who have all worked, or are currently working, on various UN initiatives or as ambassadors for change in the status of women and girls everywhere.
We’re excited to see how Lopez will use this position to bring about some much-needed change.
Who run the world? Girls.