Actress Anne Hathaway was appointed goodwill ambassador for women by the UN to spotlight the unequal distribution of work in the home as an obstacle to gender equality, the UN said on Thursday.
Hathaway, who won an Oscar for her role in Les Miserables and is known for movies such as The Devil Wears Prada and Interstellar.
She would work with the UN agency promoting women’s empowerment to help them achieve equality in the workplace and at home.
“I feel honoured 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 realised,’’ Hathaway said.