In her new role, the award-winning broadcast journalist will serve the country and the Asia Pacific region.
At the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Karen Davila has been officially appointed as the first UN Women National Goodwill Ambassador for the Philippines, serving the country and the Asia Pacific region.
The veteran news anchor was first named a national ambassador last August, welcomed at the UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok the month after, when she took to Facebook to make her heartfelt announcement: “This is the first step of the journey,” she wrote. “I am so proud to do this as a Filipina.”
In New York, Davila takes her next stride. Earlier today, she was officially appointed by UN Women executive director Sima Bahous. At the meet, they discussed the scope of the work in her new role, including uplifting critical voices in matters related to gender equality, violence against women, women’s economic empowerment, climate change, and more.
She is the first national ambassador to represent the country, taking on the role along with twelve others, including Chinese actress Hai Qing and Thai activist Cindy Sirinya Bishop, as well as the five other global ambassadors including Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson, and Danai Gurira.
Throughout her three-decade-long career, Davila has advocated for women’s and children’s rights in stories, documentaries, and community support including the UN Women initiative Agapay Nanay, which provided humanitarian assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Ulysses.
For Davila, the new role isn’t so much new than it is a continuation of the work she is presently doing: using her voice and presence to inspire change and empower women for the benefit of the country.
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