'Nashville' star named goodwill ambassador for UN Development Program
Connie Britton attends the Disney/ABC Winter 2014 TCA Press Tour = in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 17, 2014 (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:41PM EDT
Connie Britton has been named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program.
The actress famous for her roles in "Friday Night Lights" and "Nashville" on Wednesday became the agency's tenth such ambassador, joining actor Antonio Banderas, tennis star Maria Sharapova and a handful of soccer stars.
Britton calls her appointment as goodwill ambassador "one of the greatest opportunities of my life."
She plans to focus on poverty eradication, with emphasis on women's issues. She pointed out that women do 66 per cent of the world's work but make just 10 per cent of the world's income.
Her experiences abroad include studying Chinese in Beijing and travelling to Africa for documentary work and to adopt her son, Yoby, from Ethiopia. She says China was a turning point in her life.