16 June 2016
The United Nations has appointed Hollywood actress, Anne Hathaway as a Global Goodwill Ambassador to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
She becomes the latest Hollywood figure to be appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador as she joins the likes of Nicole Kidman and Emma Watson.
The UN entity tasked with promoting gender equality appointed her due to her long-standing support for women’s and girls’ rights.
Accordingly, Ms. Hathaway will shed light on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality.
In a statement released by the UN Women, Ms. Hathaway will advocate for the adoption and implementation of policies worldwide that will bring measurable change, including affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels.
Ms. 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.
“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.”
In her own statement, Ms. Hathaway said she feels “honoured and inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality.”
Excited to be appointed Global Goodwill Ambassador of @UNWomen, the UN agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Honored to work with @UNWomen to ensure that all genders are able to fully and equally participate in the world economy. I think we can all agree it's long past the time for action. unwomen.org
She previously served as an advocate for the Nike Foundation, formed to support programmes to empower adolescent girls in the developing world.
In 2011 she traveled to Kenya to raise awareness on sexual violence in the area.