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UN Women Announces ’The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador

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The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Black Panther star Danai Gurira ready to take on a new role, but this time it’s not for a film or for a television series.

Last week, Gurira, who has a passion for women’s’ advocacy, was named UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador. According to the press release, “UN Women Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent individuals from the worlds of arts, sciences, literature, entertainment, sport and other fields of public life who wish to work on women’s rights and gender equality and raise awareness of UN Women’s efforts globally.” Gurira certainly fits the bill for such an honor.

The announcement was made during the Global Citizen Festival in South Africa and was posted to the UN Women official Twitter page with an impassioned quote from Gurira. The quote reads, “We are at an urgent time, a time where our participation is crucial to ensure that all women and girls, no matter where they live, where they grow up or where they work, are in a world where their potential can be fully actualized: a world or true equality.”


Gurira also shared the news on her own social media pages:


With her focus being on women’s’ rights and gender equality, Gurira said in a statement:

“I am honored to join the UN Women family today. My passion for women and girls has been my focus in the narratives I create as well as the roles I have been able to play. I have always sought to push the boundaries and tell the stories of those who are often marginalized and unheard. My own advocacy for women and girls has made me deeply aware of UN Women, I have experienced the work of this organization on the ground as well as internationally, and I am delighted to partner with them to amplify many more stories from around the world, and give a voice to those who are working relentlessly to make gender equality a reality.”

Fierce doesn’t even begin to describe Gurira and we admire her for her passion and will to make an impact on lives all over the world.

Gurira is perhaps best-known for her role as Michonne, a strong and totally badass woman, on AMC’s The Walking Dead. During the first half of the show’s ninth season, we’ve already seen that the strong women characters, like Michonne, are leading the charge, just like Gurira is looking to do in real life.

Be sure to follow UN Women and Danai Gurira on their socials to follow their journey together towards making the world a better place, and be sure to watch Gurira in action when The Walking Dead returns with new episodes on February 10th.

What do you think about Dania Gurira being named UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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