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Emma Watson poses at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California in this file photo from March 2, 2014. REUTERS/ Mario Anzuoni/Files

U.N. Women names actress Emma Watson goodwill ambassador

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) The United Nations' gender equality body UN Women on Tuesday appointed British actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione in the "Harry Potter" film series, as a goodwill ambassador to advocate for the empowerment of young women.

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"Being asked to serve as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling," Watson, 24, said in a statement.

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