The 24-year old actress who rose to fame with Harry Potter has just been made a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Women on Monday. 50 points for Gryffindor!
Ironically, Emma Watson’s first act as United Nations Goodwill Ambassador was to crashed the U.N. Website. Apparently the news took the web by storm with Watson’s fans heading to U.N’s website to find out more details about the actress’s appointment with the U.N.
Watson made the announcement to her 25 million Facebook fans and her 13 million Twitter followers. She tweeted: “So excited to start work with the AMAZING people at UN Women!” followed by “Going to be working for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women”.
On her Facebook, she wrote “I’m so thrilled to be able share this news with you all first! I hope you’ll be as excited as I am. Love Emma x” which garnered 712k likes and 22k shares.
UN Women, a United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women told its twitter followers “The exciting announcement of @EmWatson‘s appointment as our Goodwill Ambassador crashed our website! We apologize & hope to be back up soon.”
The Harry Potter star is the first appointment of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under Secretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women, who said she was thrilled and honored to have Watson on the team. Watson said that though she had much to learn, “being asked to serve as a 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,” she said.
“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.”
Emma Watson will now work for UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign which calls for men and boys to stand up against inequalities faced by women and girls globally.