Cinema for Peace to Honor UN Women and its Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman
Academy-Award winning actress to receive honorary award in Berlin / Laudations by ambassador Bianca Jagger, actress Veronica Ferres and the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda
Berlin, July 1st 2013 – The Cinema for Peace Foundation will honor UN Women, the United Nations organization tasked to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality and it’s Goodwill Ambassador, Academy-Award winning actress Nicole Kidman on July 12 in Berlin. Nicole Kidman will receive a special honorary award for her long-term social engagement for women’s rights together with Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Acting Head of UN Women. Among others, the high-profile advocacy evening will be supported by the leading German actresses Veronica Ferres, Martina Gedeck and Katja Riemann, human rights advocates such as the ambassador of the European Council Bianca Jagger and the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda.
Nicole Kidman was appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to promote and protect women’s rights worldwide, a cause she has since tirelessly supported. A special focus of her efforts has been on ending violence against women. Nicole Kidman has travelled to meet with survivors of sexual violence and raise attention for this pervasive human rights violation. She has also served as the international spokesperson for the UN Women’s “Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women” initiative. Say NO has been supported by Cinema for Peace in 2008, too, with Catherine Deneuve and others, while raising 100.000 USD. Nicole Kidman said on the occasion of Cinema for Peace in 2008: “Tonight, I am asking each of you to add your name and go on record to say ‘no’ to violence against women. One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. It is a pandemic. Let survivors of violence around the world know that they can count on us. I lend my voice to salute those who champion human rights, peace and international understanding. This must be the legacy we pass on to all of our children.”