Actress Emma Watson will promote gender equality as a new United Nations goodwill ambassador.
Watson, who played Hermione in the “Harry Potter” movies, will advocate for the UN Women's HeForShe campaign, which calls for men and boys to stand up for the rights of women and girls.
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Watson tweeted about the appointment.
"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," Watson said in a statement, according to AFP
. "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."
Watson is the first ambassador appointed under the leadership of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under Secretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women.
"We are thrilled and honored to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women," Mlambo-Ngcuka said, according to E! Online
The announcement crashed the UN’s website.
Watson graduated in May with a bachelor’s in English literature from Brown University.
Her most recent role was in "Noah" with Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.
Fans congratulated Watson on Twitter.
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