If you haven’t heard the update yet, you may be surprised that the newest UN women’s goodwill ambassador is actress and model Emma Watson. The announcement came on July 8 about Watson’s new role in the organization that strives to achieve gender equality. Shock over the choice of 24-year-old Watson may certainly be the response if you know her best (or perhaps solely) as spunky Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series. However, the British actress also has a lot of volunteer work in her portfolio that no one seems to tell you about, which has helped to earn her the current UN honor. Here is more about her charity work:
Emma Watson’s Role in Hurricane Sandy
While the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy will never be forgotten, it is important also to point out who gave their time to help others during the crisis. Emma Watson was one of those helpers. When her film set got shut down in New York City due to the tremendous storm, she joined the City Meals on Wheels campaign to deliver food along the streets of NYC to homebound elderly and other people in need. While there was no power in the streets, she took power into her own hands by helping give back to the city.
CAMFED and Emma Watson
Did you know that the actress has already been named an ambassador? In late 2012, she was named the new ambassador of CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education) International. Within the organization, Watson uses her celebrity to encourage the movement toward the education and support of girls in rural Africa. The main reason for few young females going to school there is poverty; in other words, their families simply can’t afford to send them to school. Money donated to CAMFED helps go toward stationery, uniforms and more.
Eco-Fashion Line for the Model
While Emma Watson could simply model fabulous clothes and enjoy the spotlight without worries for how the clothing is made, she has chosen only to work within the Fair Trade fashion industry. When the People Tree, a company well-known for its fair trade practices, approached Watson in 2010 to help design its first ever youth fashion line, she accepted.
It was an instant hit, and People Tree asked her to design another collection. What almost no one tells you, however, is that this time she insisted on going to Bangladesh to see where and how the garments are made. The production is not in a factory; instead, items come from villages and are 100 percent organic, natural cotton, according to Eluxe Magazine. The public may love the clothes for their celebrity link, but I love that she went to see for herself that the fashion pieces are ethically made.
While Emma Watson is a celebrity who has been in several films, she remains grounded in her commitment to charity work. This new role as a UN women’s goodwill ambassador is likely not going to be her last bit of volunteering.
©2014 Christy Birmingham