Nicole Kidman Just Donated $500,000 to Stop Violence Against Women
The star is using her platform to make sure survivors are heard.
The spirit of giving is in the air.
Nicole Kidman announced she’s donating $500,000 to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women on Monday, People reports. The UN Trust Fund awards grants to projects that aim to stop abuse.
The Academy Award-winner, who’s been a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador since 2006, shared the news while hosting the UN Trust Fund fundraising luncheon in Santa Monica.
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“I’ve met survivors who’ve experienced the most unspeakable violence yet through the UN Trust Fund, I’ve seen them overcome their pain and regain their courage to look towards the future,” Kidman explained in a speech.
The philanthropist has traveled around the world to hear from the many women who have survived abuse. One in three (35%) of women worldwide have experienced violence in their lifetime, and are more likely to experience intimate partner violence if they have low education, according to the World Health Organization.
Watch as Nicole Kidman, @UN_Women Goodwill Ambassador, pledges $500,000 to the #UNTF for the cause of ending violence against women and girls to close out the #16Days on #HumanRightsDay. https://t.co/3WhIB9JX79— UN Trust Fund (@UNTrustFundEVAW) December 13, 2018
“I’m here today to continue this work and amplify the voices of women survivors through the media and help raise significant funds for programs that address this issue,” she said.
Kidman’s humanitarianism runs in the family. She made the generous donation on Human Rights Day, to honor her late father Dr. Antony Kidman’s birthday. In 1997, Kidman founded a nonprofit organization for youth mental illness.
“My papa was such an advocate for human rights,” Kidman in an Instagram Story, according to People.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women’s Executive Director, hosted Monday’s luncheon alongside Kidman.
When Mlambo-Ngcuka took the stage, she called on the world to keep fighting for justice.
“We must continue to amplify the voices of all survivors and activists, especially those who are typically marginalized or whose voices have been muted, and come together in global solidarity for change,” she said.