Emma Watson’s Next Gig: U.N. Ambassador

The newest addition to Emma Watson’s résumé? (And no, it’s not a Harry Potter reunion…) She’s been named the next Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women, a branch dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. The starlet will work with the HeForShe campaign, a women-led movement in which men are encouraged to speak out against inequalities faced by females.

“We are thrilled and honored to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of U.N. Women,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of U.N. Women, said in a statement. “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 U.N. Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally.”

Emma and Phumzile aren’t the only excited ones. Marie Claire reports that after the announcement, the U.N.’s website shut down due to an influx of traffic. Quite the accomplishment for her first day on the job.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 11, 2014