UN WOMEN Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman Raises More Than US$175,000 for UN WOMEN’s Programmes in China
At a charity fundraiser in Hong Kong on 20 May, UN WOMEN Goodwill Ambassador and Say NO Spokesperson Nicole Kidman raised more than US$175,000 for programmes to address violence against women and women’s empowerment in China. (Photo: Paolo Pellegrin)
United Nations, New York — UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Goodwill Ambassador and Say NO Spokesperson Nicole Kidman raised more than US$175,000 today for programmes to address violence against women and women’s empowerment in China. Attended by more than 200 guests, the charity fundraiser took place during her first visit to Hong Kong, and was organized in cooperation with the luxury watch manufacturer OMEGA. The event also featured a private concert by Nicole Kidman’s husband, Grammy Award–winning singer Keith Urban.
“I feel passionately about support for UN WOMEN because the work to empower women and advance their human rights is so important,” said Nicole Kidman. “Together with OMEGA we are in Hong Kong to raise awareness and also vital funding for UN WOMEN’s projects in China.”
“This Hong Kong benefit for UN WOMEN highlights what we can do together to build support for effective programmes that help women live free from violence and realize their rights,” said Joan Libby-Hawk, Public Affairs Chief, UN WOMEN. “Together we can show what an impact a global community can make.”
The proceeds from the fundraiser will strengthen UN WOMEN’s work in China, which has a strong focus on ending violence against women. The funds will support shelter and legal protection for survivors of violence and address the challenges faced by HIV-positive women and their intersections with violence against women. They will also advance programmes that focus on the economic empowerment of migrant and domestic workers through training and education and women’s political participation at the local level.
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