British actress Emma Watson is the new Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N.’s gender-equality arm, U.N. Women, the organization announced Monday.
The Harry Potter alumna and recent alumnus of Brown University is the first ambassador appointed under the leadership of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under Secretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women.
“Women’s rights are something so inextricably connected with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my spirit that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” Watson, who will act on the organization’s women’s-empowerment campaign, HeForShe, said in a statement.
Mlambo-Ngcuka said Watson’s “intellect and passion” as easily as her experience promoting girls’ education in lands such as Bangladesh and Zambia will help the organization spread its messages about the world.
“I still have so much to read, but as I progress I hope to take more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this office,” Watson said.