UNITED NATIONS, July 8 The United Nations'
gender equality body UN Women on Tuesday appointed British
actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione in the
"Harry Potter" film series, as a goodwill ambassador to advocate
for the empowerment of young women.
"Being asked to serve as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador is
truly humbling," Watson, 24, said in a statement.
"Women's rights are something so inextricably linked with
who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life, that I can't
imagine an opportunity more exciting," she said.
Watson's films have grossed more than $5.4 billion worldwide
over the past decade, according to the Internet Movie Database.
She graduated from Brown University in May with a bachelor's
degree in English literature.
Other UN Women goodwill ambassadors include Oscar-winning
actress Nicole Kidman and Thailand's Princess Bajrakitiyabha
(Reporting by Mirjam Donath, editing by G Crosse)