UN: American actress to promote workplace gender equality

New York, US (PANA) - The UN entity tasked with promoting gender equality (UN-Women) on Wednesday appointed American Academy Award-winning actress, Ms. Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador to promote gender equality in workplace.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York, said that, Ms. Hathaway is a long-standing supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, and with her appointment she will shine more light on the issue of the unequal burden of care work as one of the key barriers to gender equality.

UN-Women Executive Director, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, stated: "The appointment of Ms. Anne Hathaway 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."

"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," she noted.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Stereotypes that make it hard for fathers to take time away from work to care for a child are outdated leftovers from the ‘male breadwinner’ model and have no place in today’s mixed workforce."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 also added that well-implemented parental leave is just one way for employers to demonstrate that they understand the value of their staff both male and female.

On her part, Ms. Hathaway said: "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 realized."

The American actress said she will advocate for the adoption and implementation of policies worldwide that will bring measurable change, including affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels.

The statement said that, Ms. Hathaway is a committed voice for change, and she previously served as an advocate for Nike Foundation and travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia to raise awareness on child marriage.

In 2013, she provided the narration on "Girl Rising", a CNN documentary film, which focused on the power of female education as it followed seven girls around the world who sought to overcome obstacles and follow their dreams.
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