American actress and singer Anne Hathaway has received a prominent appointment to act as a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women.
The UN organisation said on Wednesday that the role will focus on addressing the unequal burden shouldered by women caring for children in the home.
According to UN Women which promotes gender equality and economic empowerment, one of the problems faced by women around the world is that of the so-called motherhood penalty which entails that when they bear children, their lives seem to lose value especially in getting opportunities in the workplace.
The executive director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the international body seeks to make the task of raising children an equal responsibility for both mothers and fathers.
“Stereotypes that make it hard for fathers to take time away from work to care for a child are outdated leftovers from the ‘male breadwinner’ model and have no place in today’s mixed workforce,” she said in a statement.
Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway, is a long-time supporter of women’s rights who will promote policies such as affordable childcare and parental leave, Mlambo-Ngcuka added.
“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,” she said.
To mention but a few, Anne Hathaway has served as an advocate for Nike Foundation, traveled to Kenya and Ethiopia where child marriage is welcome to raise awareness and narrated Girl Rising, a CNN documentary film on female education.
“I feel honored and inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality,” the actress said in a statement.
Angelina Jolie, who represented the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Ashley Judd, who was recently appointed by the UN Population Fund, are other renowned actresses who have worked as Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN.