Nicole Kidman used her power as a U.N. ambassador yesterday to talk about her campaign to end women’s violence around the world. She began her work with the charity two years ago for the U.N. Development Fund For Women, and has spent her time promoting anti-violence around the globe.
Yesterday was the International Day To Eliminate Violence Against Women, and to honor it, Kidman presenting U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with over 5 million signatures of people who signed onto the campaign.
Ban called for greater efforts to enforce laws protecting women and prosecute perpetrators as well as stepped up efforts "to combat attitudes and behavior that condone, tolerate, excuse or ignore violence committed against women."
He said, "In too many places, rape still carries a stigma that forces women to avoid the courts that should exist to protect them.”
Nicole also spoke about her important role as ambassador for the cause. She said, "I think in some ways I've always been heading towards wanting to put some meaning into my life and this is probably how I see myself doing it. The reason I chose the subject of women is because I was raised by a mother who was very passionate about ... having her daughters educated, and wanted her daughters to have an equal opportunity. I was the product of that, and now I'm out there hoping to pass on to the next generation and work in a greater capacity then just as an actress.”