Nicole and UN Women Acting Head Lakshmi Puri will be receiving awards from the Cinema for Peace Foundation today in Berlin, Germany. Since 2001 Cinema for Peace has served as a forum to bring together internationally renowned figures from the fields of film, politics and society to raise awareness on humanitarian issues. Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Acting Head Lakshmi Puri expressed her appreciation for the Foundation’s work and award, stressing the need for strong partnerships in light of the persistent challenges for women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Speaking on the issue and her engagement as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole has said: “I have learned much about the horrific scope of violence against women around the world and seen its devastating impact. When I first learned that one in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime, I was utterly shocked. Much of my work for UN Women has since been dedicated to this issue.”
Nicole was appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to promote women’s rights worldwide. A strong focus of her efforts has been on ending violence against women. She has served as the international spokesperson for UN Women’s “Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women” initiative, and has travelled to meet with survivors of sexual violence and raise attention to this pervasive human rights violation worldwide.