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Nicole Kidman Campaigns To Stop Violence Against Women

04/23/2008 at 09:10 AM EDT

Nicole Kidman Campaigns To Stop Violence Against Women
Nicole Kidman at the U.N.
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With two children and another one due with husband Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman is driven to ending violence against women everywhere in the world.

"Obviously, I'm emotionally connected to this," Kidman said of her commitment during a press conference Tuesday at United Nations headquarters in New York. "I'm a mother. I have a child on the way. A lot of it is realizing the things that are wrong and [pondering] how can I contribute to help my children have a better life."

Kidman, 40, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Development Fund for Women (since 2006), spoke passionately about the need to curb violence against women – which she called the "most widespread human rights violation of our time."

Though U.N. statistics show that some progress is being made (89 countries have laws on domestic violence, more than 100 have made rape a crime, 90 have provisions against sexual harassment, and 93 on human trafficking), Kidman noted that "one in three women will encounter violence in some way, shape or form against them in their lifetime."

She added, "That's an extraordinary statistic. Yet do we ever hear it?"

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