The Unwomen recently announced the appointment of Anne Hathaway as the global Goodwill Ambassador.
Anne Hathaway has been long-standing supporter of women’s and girls’ rights. According to UNWomen, The Princess Diaries, actress will be putting the spotlight on, “the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality, working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change. These include affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels.”
The UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director stated. “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.” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka continued. “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.” Anne added, “Stereotypes that make it hard for fathers to take time away from work to care for a child are outdated leftovers from the ‘male breadwinner’ model and have no place in today’s mixed workforce. To make the case for how this will increase opportunities for women 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. We are truly honored to have her onboard.”
Anne Hathaway has a proven strong voice for change in regards to equality. Hathaway has even been an advocate Nike Foundation. The Brokeback Mountain actress went to Kenya and Ethiopia to raise awareness on child marriages. The Intern star narrated a CNN documentary Girl Rising in 2013, which spotlighted the powers of the education of females around the world following seven girls to overcome obstacles to follow their dreams.
In receiving this appointment Anne Hathaway stated, “I feel honored 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 realized.” What do you think of Anne Hathaway’s Global Goodwill Ambassador appointment?