Anne Hathaway has recently become a new mum and stared in the latest Alice in Wonderland, but the actress has recently taken on a brand-new role off-screen.
U.N Women recently announced that Anne would be a global goodwill ambassador, with a focus on women’s rights—specifically on the unpaid care work women do in the home.
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
“The appointment of Anne is timely because this year, U.N. Women is driving hard to foster more positive mindsets and practical arrangements around workplaces that build and support equality for women,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women, said in a statement. “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.”
— UN Women (@UN_Women) June 15, 2016
“We needed an advocate who had the intellect and passion to tackle this complex issue. Within moments of meeting Anne, I realized that we had found our woman,” she said, according to Reuters.
Anne has previously served as an advocate for the Nike Foundation and has travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia to raise awareness about child marriage.