Anne Hathaway - the new UN women's goodwill ambassador
The actor joins Nicole Kidman and Emma Watson as the latest celebrity
entrusted with advocating on behalf of women's rights with the United
Anne Hathaway is the latest Hollywood figure to be appointed by the
United Nations as a global goodwill ambassador to promote gender
equality and the empowerment of women. The Oscar-winning actor joins
Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of
Thailand as fellow women's goodwill ambassadors.
Hathaway has been brought on board to shed a spotlight on what UN
Women's executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, described in a
statement as the "motherhood penalty".
"It is a particularly insidious demonstration of gender inequality in
the workplace," Mlambo-Ngucka said on Wednesday.
"The appointment of Anne is timely because this year UN Women is
driving hard to foster more positive mindsets and practical arrangements
around workplaces that build and support equality for women."
Hathaway, who said in a statement that she feels "honored and
inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality", is no
stranger to advocating on behalf of women's rights: the actor previously
served as an advocate for the Nike Foundation, formed to support
programs to empower adolescent girls in the developing world, and in
2011 traveled to Kenya to raise awareness on sexual violence in the
area. "Girls who are raped are afraid to tell anyone for fear of shame,
being blamed or being branded as 'unmarriageable' by their families and
communities," Hathaway wrote in a guest column, published in the Daily
Beast, and co-authored by Maria Eitel. "As one - anonymous - woman in
Dadaab put it: 'If you tell, no one will help. It is better to be safe
and tell no one.'
"Hathaway also lent her voice to the 2013 CNN documentary Girl
Rising, about the power of female education.
"Significant progress has already been made, but it is time that we
collectively intensify our efforts and ensure that true equality is
finally realised," Hathaway said about her appointment.