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Jennifer Lopez Signs on as UN Ambassador to Help Women

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J.Lo, mom to 7-year-old twins Max and Emme, is already well-known as a philanthropist; she and sister Lynda started the Lopez Family Foundation in 2010 to help improve the health and well-being of women and children. Now, the United Nations has named Jennifer Lopez their first-ever Global Advocate for Girls and Women.

Her foundation will play a role in her new partnership with the UN. The Puerto Rican singer, actress, entrepreneur and mom is using her celebrity for social good, which is something we can definitely appreciate.

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Her first task as a UN Ambassador will be to bring awareness to the joint effort between the UN and Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), which uses cell phones to share important health information to new and expectant moms about maternal health and childcare.

"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," Lopez said when she addressed the UN Foundation in New York on September 25.

"Becoming a mother has made me more aware of the struggles of women and children throughout the world," Lopez said in a statement.

"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."

Lopez will also work on initiatives aimed at ending gender-based violence and other global projects to give a voice to the voiceless.

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