People: Emma Watson

Emma Watson was appointed a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. A strong advocate for female equality, she is also an accomplished actor, humanitarian and graduate of Brown University. “Being asked to serve as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling,” said Emma. “The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. 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. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role.”

Currently, Emma Watson is dedicated towards UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, which aims to engage men as agents for change to achieve gender equality and rights for women by encouraging them to take action against instances of gender inequality. At only 26 years old, she is an active feminist, having been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years already. As part of her humanitarian efforts, Emma previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia, where many underprivileged girls are unable to receive secondary education. In line with that, she has also served as an ambassador for Camfed International, a movement to educate girls in rural Africa.

Formerly known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, Emma Watson is now embarking on a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast, which is set to be released in 2017. An extremely talented actress, she was lauded with endless praise after she received the role of Belle. Emma confides that the large amount of singing required in this feature length film poses a challenge to her, but nonetheless portrays an optimistic attitude towards it. Although the role as Belle may be a challenging one, bringing her out of her comfort range, it is definitely the springboard to other interesting roles in the future. With her charismatic on-screen appeal in previous films, her portrayal of the well-known Disney princess is definitely a highly anticipated one.

As Emma Watson once said, “Young girls are told you have to be the delicate princess. Hermione taught them that you can be the warrior.” Now taking on the role of Belle, who has a vastly different personality compared to Hermione, her acting career has definitely taken a twist that will possibly allow her to be known as an inspirational princess and warrior to girls across the world. Indeed, Emma’s combination of acting in roles that serve as timeless inspirations to girls worldwide, and her active advocacy for women’s rights in the HeForShe campaign as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador solidifies her as a role model for girls worldwide.


Chloe Kho




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