Anne Hathaway is famous for her acting career but she also puts a lot of work in to women’s rights and raising awareness on gender inequality. The famous actress will join UN Women alongside other famous actresses that act on behalf of women’s rights such as Emma Watson and Nicole Kidman. Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway is the latest celeb to join UN Women and has been chosen as the global goodwill ambassador.

The organisation promotes gender equality, something that Emma Watson has made many speeches on; it also aims to empower women. Hathaway seems to be thrilled with her new role stating that she feels “honored and inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality”. Hathaway has very strong feelings towards gender equality and the way in which some women are treated and despairs that there are “Girls who are raped and afraid to tell anyone for fear of shame, being blamed or being branded as ‘unmarriageable’ by their families and community”.

Anne Hathaway has long fought for women’s rights

This is not the first time that Hathaway has become advocate for women’s rights as she was once a spokesperson for The Nike Foundation (also an organization that fights for women’s rights) with which she travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia to help raise awareness on the sexual assault of adolescent women in those countries, as well as raising awareness on the issue of teenage brides.

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In 2013 the ‘Les Miserables’ actress narrated in the CNN’s Girl Rising documentary which told the stories of young girls born into poverty who tried to pursue education. The documentary featured narration from several famous actresses including Meryl Streep and Salam Hayek.

The ‘Princess Diaries’ actress’ appointment was announced by the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka who said that “The appointment of Anne arrives at the right time because this year UN Women is pushing hard to promote more positive mind-set and concrete agreements on jobs, that build and support equality of women.”

Hathaway recognizes that it is a great organization to be part of and has said that “Significant progress has already been made, but it is time that we collectively intensify our efforts and ensure that true equality is finally realized”.

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