Jennifer Lopez has officially been named the first-ever Global Advocate for Girls and Women for the United Nations Foundation!
According to Look to the Stars, Jennifer will work towards addressing the needs and rights of girls and women across the globe in this new position. This role is in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child initiative. In supporting this initiative, Jennifer’s work will include supporting maternal health programs, assisting to provide global access to education and health services, as well as working towards ending gender-based violence.
“We are thrilled to work with Jennifer Lopez, who will lend her powerful voice to one of the most important causes of our generation – empowering girls and women,” said Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation. “Today, not a single country in the world has achieved gender equality. This is unacceptable and everyone – including men and boys – has suffered because of it. As the world comes together around the new global goals for sustainable development this month, we have an unprecedented opportunity to effect the necessary change. We can – and must – put the needs and rights of girls and women on center stage – and we are honored to have Jennifer Lopez help us in our efforts.”
“Becoming a mother has made me more aware of the struggles of women and children throughout the world,” Jennifer said. “While some progress has been made, there is still a lot more work that needs to be done for gender equality and universal access to medical care. I am happy to be joining the UN Foundation and eager to lend my voice and ensure that all girls and women are safe, healthy, educated and empowered.”
The star’s first event in her new role will be Friday, September 25th, when she will speak at a high-level event focused on the business case for investing in girls, women, and gender equality.
Congratulations to Jennifer on this honor! I’m sure that she will be a great asset to the UN Foundation, and help make this world a better place for girls and women.
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