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Cate Blanchett has officially been named as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency. Cate has already spent a lot of time committed to the cause, including a recent trip to Jordan where she met with Syrian refugee families and heard their personal accounts of escaping the war.
The two-time Oscar winning actress released a statement saying:
“I am deeply proud to take on this role. There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity. We are living through an unprecedented crisis, and there must be shared responsibility worldwide.”
The number of refugees is somewhat astounding, with 60 million people forced to leave their homes, making the numbers the highest since World War II.
As a mother of four, Cate also feels the pressure of the situation in regards to giving her own family a better future as well as helping others.
“It feels like we’re at a fork in the road. Do we go down the compassionate path or do we go down the path of intolerance? As a mother, I want my children to go down the compassionate path. There’s much more opportunity, there’s much more optimism and there is a solution down that path.”
Cate has already been working with the UNHCR for over a year in efforts to raise awareness, which is similar to the efforts that Angelina Jolie has put in with the organization as well. Angelina was a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador many times over before being elevated to Special Envoy for the agency.
The UNHCR chief, Filippo Grandi, commented on the importance of Cate and others, celebrities or not, stepping forward for this cause.
“She has already demonstrated great commitment to the cause and we look forward to seeing her inspire many more people in her new role. Never has there been a greater need to build these bridges.”