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Nicole Kidman to Congress: Violence Against Women is Unacceptable

Nicole Kidman to Congress: Violence Against Women is Unacceptable

Nicole Kidman, Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), speaks during the “International Violence Against Women: Stories and Solutions” hearing at Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday (October 21) in Washington, D.C.

“Violence against women is not prosecuted because it is not a top government and urgent social priority. We can change this,” the 42-year-old Aussie actress told Congress. “[They] need and deserve our support. Not with a box of band aids but with a comprehensive, well-funded approach that acknowledges that women’s rights are human rights.”

FYI: Nicole is wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress.

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114 Responses to “Nicole Kidman to Congress: Violence Against Women is Unacceptable”

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  1. 51
    33 park Says:

    i think the hair color here has the perfcet tone
    she is flawless

  2. 52
    xxx Says:

    Listen up, Chris Brown!

  3. 53
    fr mcgee Says:

    Another hollywood idiot spouting off about something she apparently has no clue on. ALL the laws on the books favor women in a domestic violence situation. Guys aren’t even allowed to speak, they are simply arrested and hauled off (regardless of the truth). Kidman, another know-nothing ******* with a soapbox.

  4. 54
    Marieme Says:

    Nicole’s a doll! Inside and out.

  5. 55
    PAOIEKINS Says:

    @fr mcgee:

    Idiot! there are different rules and laws for each country. Have you ever been to Kenya? Congo? Pakistan? You’re a moron and you don’t deserve to be called human.

  6. 56
    mary Says:

    @ 53, why so much hatred? You shoult thank Nicole to give her voice to all the women in the world that stay in the silence. thanks to her unifem made a lot of progress. thank to her 5 MILLIONS people sign a petion to ask the ONU new laws against violence in the world. thanks to her millions of people all over the world are more sensible in front of this problem. you should shut up against talking. you shouldn stop hate someone who works hard to make this world better, a celebrity who uses her fame and popularity to help good causes. not like you, sit in front of a PC writing vicious thing because you know how much useless and stupid you are.
    read her speech you will know nicole is humble enough to say she has a lot of things to learn yet, she’s not expert but just a voice to all the women that have not voice.

  7. 57
    taco Says:

    marieme, stupid. inside and outside.

    I’m so proud of Nicole. a great lady!

  8. 58
    Danny Says:

    Can I see less pictures and hear more what she has to say?

    “NICOLE KIDMAN helps fellow woman!”
    “But omg look at her hair! :D”

  9. 59
    admireyou Says:

    I so proud of nicole!!!!To be a fan of her,i am very proud!!!
    She is always gorgeous ,special thath purple dress!I wanna see video and hearing what she said in Congress!
    Nicole have devote many years in charity since last century,she helped lots of people out of trouble!You are the greatest woman in the world now!!!!!You just great~~~

  10. 60
    yoma Says:

    here her speech:

    Testimony of Nicole Kidman
    United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Goodwill Ambassador

    House Committee on Foreign Affairs,
    Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight
    “International Violence against Women: Stories and Solutions”

    21 October 2009

    Thank you Chairman Delahunt, Congressman Rohrabacher, Chairman Berman and members of
    the Committee for granting me this opportunity to speak in my role as the Goodwill Ambassador
    of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM.

    Violence against women and girls is perhaps the most systematic, widespread human rights
    violation in the world. It recognizes no borders, no race or class.

    I became UNIFEM’s Goodwill Ambassador in 2006 to amplify the voices of women and shine a
    light on solutions that work and make a lasting difference. Until recently, violence against
    women and the instability it causes hid in the shadows. I think the attention today underscores a
    new recognition that the issue is urgent and belongs on center stage.

    And while I’ve learned a lot working with UNIFEM, I am far from an expert. I rely on the
    people I’ve met to make the case.

    A year ago I was honoured to talk with Marie Nyombo Zaina from the Democratic Republic of
    the Congo. Like your next speaker, Mallika Dutt, Maire’s work on the ground merited a grant
    from the UNIFEM-managed United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
    Through contributions—including essential funding from the United States for which UNIFEM
    is very grateful—the Fund promotes the implementation of existing commitments. There are
    laws in many countries to end discrimination against women, to punish rape, outlaw spousal
    abuse, child marriage and more. But in the real world, the laws go unenforced and impunity is
    the norm.

    I learned from Marie that she was a survivor of violence, forced by her father into an abusive
    marriage as a young adult. She fled after her first pregnancy, and found support to further her
    education through a religious organization. Confronted with the cruel impact on women and
    girls from the continuing conflict in the DRC—where rape is used systematically as a tactic of
    war—Marie took action. She started an organization to help victims of violence, mostly widows
    and orphans, many affected by HIV/AIDS. Over the years she’s built a national network of
    NGOs to care for survivors and empower women. With the Trust Fund grant, her group
    expanded services to include medical care, counseling, legal and economic support. Marie fully
    understands the need for a comprehensive approach.

    Another time in Kosovo, I met and listened to women sharing experiences. One told me how she
    had been repeatedly raped and abused by soldiers leaving her with lasting physical and
    psychological scars, and pregnant. In her community, this child brands her forever as an outcast.
    Yet, she did not remain silent. Together with other women’s rights advocates, she bravely took
    her testimony of how mass rapes shatter lives and communities to the International Tribunal for
    Yugoslavia, a legal landmark for prosecuting rape in wartime as a crime against humanity.

    These champions need and deserve our support. Not with a box of band aids, but with a
    comprehensive well-funded approach that acknowledges that women’s rights are human rights.
    It is time for policies that intentionally involve society’s key communities—from health and
    education departments, to the police and judiciary—to deliver on that commitment. The plan
    must build strong alliances with men and collaborate with faith-based and traditional leaders. To
    succeed, it requires political will at the highest levels.

    Violence against women deprives countries of a critical resource in the struggle to end poverty
    and attain stability. Economists confirm that women’s empowerment is a central engine for
    development—if they cannot participate, the targets governments and the UN set will continue to
    be unmet.

    So I commend the efforts that have gone into the drafting of the International Violence Against
    Women Act, and in particular appreciate the consultation with the real actors and the real
    beneficiaries to incorporate best practices and effective approaches.

    My friends at UNIFEM and I believe that IVAWA, when passed, will be a beacon, lighting the
    way forward for other countries. My stories illustrate the impact of violence against women on
    individuals, families and communities. But IVAWA rightfully links the consequences of
    violence against women to global goals: economic development, stability and peace, improving
    health and reducing HIV/AIDs.

    Were you shocked by the recent reports from Guinea and the searing images captured on cell
    phones showing gang rapes by Government forces in broad daylight? Do you wonder how those
    women can resume their lives when the perpetrators walk the streets fearing no punishment for
    their crimes?

    Violence against women is not prosecuted because it is not a top government and urgent social
    priority. We can change this by exerting leadership, making wise investments and building local
    partnerships. Based on UNIFEM’s and the Trust Fund’s “lessons learned”, IVAWA represents
    an effective cross-cutting approach that elevates the issue so it will count and be counted.
    I want to thank the Members of Congress for listening and commend them for their efforts to
    make ending violence against women the top priority it must become. After all, a life free of
    violence is our human right.

  11. 61
    mona Says:

    I’m so proud of Nicole. She is very articulate and hopefully something will come out of this.

  12. 62
    bobo Says:

    Nicole Kidman to Congress: “Violence Against Women is Unacceptable”
    ….
    Well duhhhhh.

  13. 63
    isabella Says:

    I’m very proud of Nicole. She is classy , elegant and great actress

  14. 64
    Gene Says:

    LOVE HER! Classy, gorgeous, and smart. A rare combination in Hollywood.

  15. 65
    100mph Says:

    Bravo! Nicole for putting your voice to a horrible situation.

  16. 66
    sunny Says:

    I love her

  17. 67
    lokaaa Says:

    Love her. after seeing these pictures i don’t think she does botox.
    it’s good she’s speaking up about this. With the whole Polanski thing, I’ve kind of lost faith in Hollywood.

    Is She was married to Tom Cruise — sometimes I forget this fact. It’s so odd.

  18. 68
    pink blanket Says:

    a woman with a sace

  19. 69
    rona Says:

    i respcet this woman

  20. 70
    twiit Says:

    I dont understand why all this buzz ??
    she looks great n dees here

  21. 71
    Satin Says:

    Thanks jared for the photos ,she gets more beautiful as she ages.

    i’m very very very proud of her

    Thank you so much Nicole for speaking out loud on behalf of the Unheard Voices of suffering Women

  22. 72
    Satin Says:

    i think her effor should be appreciated , she could just spend the time shooting an AD or spend it with familly … she is such a great lady
    love u nicole

  23. 73
    evanglista Says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Nicole

  24. 74
    9lives Says:

    woud love to see Kidmnan in Africa or Iraq !!
    man she is stunning
    no botox involved – *** u haters

  25. 75
    Wondering Says:

    What about violence against photographers???? She says violence against women is unacceptible but left out the part where she thinks violence against a photographer who may have captured something she did not want published is ok since her bodyguard did the dirty work. She just paid off the pap to just quietly go away.

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