Aw, little Emma Watson is having a great year! First she graduated from Brown University and now she’s been named the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Here’s the press release:
UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of British Actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador.
Best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, the accomplished actress, humanitarian, and recent graduate of Ivy League institution, Brown University, will dedicate her efforts as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.
“We are thrilled and honored 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 has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years, and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts.
“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 the first Goodwill Ambassador appointment under Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s leadership.
Good for her. This is an important organization and I’m sure she can accomplish some great things. I’m surprised Angelina Jolie wasn’t asked – though she already is a UN ambassador for another sector, I believe, so there’s that.
Emma Watson graduated with a BA in English literature from Brown University today. Here’s more on her academic journey from E!:
The 24-year-old actress began her freshman year at the Ivy League school in 2009, and also studied at England’s Oxford University and continued to make movies while pursuing her degree. She took a year off in 2011, but graduating in five years these days is pretty typical, even for non-movie stars.
… Really? That’s news to me.
[...] Watson’s prominent role in the Potter franchise made it difficult for her to go unnoticed. “I was in denial,” she said in a 2011 interview. “I wanted to pretend I wasn’t as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I’m in and what happened.”
Over time, her fears dissipated. “I’ve never even been asked for an autograph on campus,” the star said. “I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook.”
Girl, they put them all on Instagram instead, duh.
No but seriously, congrats to Emma for her wizardly feat in managing to graduate with her schedule.
Use this post to reminisce about college, if you like. I miss college so bad sometimes.
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Emma Watson has always struck me as rather innocuous. She’s nothing exciting or special, but we all loved Harry Potter and so we sorta let her slide. Turns out, however, she wants a career in acting, still, and as such, she’s in that new Noah “reimagining” and has been doing some appearances to promote it.
One thing Emma has generally got pretty right is her fashion sense, and when she turned up to The Late Show with David Letterman in a pretty killer pantsuit. She’s doing the sophisticated businesslady thing some serious justice and I’m into it.
Just for those who are interested in “high fashion”, the suit is Yves St. Laurent, the shoes are Christian Louboutin and the jewelry is by Anita Ko, Eva Fehren and Sabine G.
So, what’s the verdict?