The Oscar-winning actress and new mom can add another title to her impressive resume: global goodwill ambassador for UN Women. Following in the footsteps of Emma Watson and Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway who is a longtime champion of women’s and girls’ rights will work with the United Nations to further advocate gender equality.
“I feel honoured and inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality. Significant progress has already been made but it is time that we collectively intensify our efforts and ensure that true equality is finally realised,” said Hathaway in a statement.
Hathaway’s responsibilities as a goodwill ambassador will include shining a light on “the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality,” and “working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change”.
UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Nguck praised the appointment of Hathway and her commitment to gender equality. “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,” she stated.
“The ‘motherhood penalty’—which means that when they become mothers, women’s pay and opportunities at work suffer—is a particularly insidious demonstration of gender inequality in the workplace. For too long it has been difficult or impossible to view raising a child as being truly an equal responsibility for both parents”.
We look forward to following her work.