Nicole Kidman Visits, Spotlights Post-Quake Haiti
Nicole Kidman visits Haiti on Friday (July 30) and calls for the urgent need to address gender-based violence among affected populations.
The 43-year-old Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) also stressed the critical need to support long-term initiatives that advance womenâ€™s livelihoods as part of the rebuilding efforts.
In Haiti, Nicole and UNIFEM exec director InĂ©s Alberdi (pictured here) met with survivors of violence living in a temporary camp, with Haitian and UN officials, and with national non-governmental organizations working to support womenâ€™s needs in recovery efforts after the devastating earthquake.
“During this trip I saw first-hand how this humanitarian disaster is impacting women and girls. The lack of shelter and security makes them more vulnerable to violence, in particular sexual violence,” Nicole said. â€śYet, I have also seen the determination and resilience of women and men in Haiti to rebuild their country. Today I visited a temporary shelter for women and girls who experienced sexual violence or are at risk, where women leaders work to make sure there are medical and legal services as well as counseling and livelihood training. This needs to be done on a large scale and they need our support.”