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Nicole Kidman testifies at IVAWA hearing
On October 21, Nicole Kidman testified at the hearing on IVAWA and violence against women.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight held a hearing on violence against women worldwide, and the pending International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). At the hearing actress Nicole Kidman, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Goodwill Ambassador, Mallika Dutt, Founder and Executive Director of Breakthrough, an anti-violence organization based in India, Melanne Verveer, U.S. State Department Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus, testified. During Nicole Kidmans testimony she stated that, “Violence against women is not prosecuted because it is not a top government and urgent social priority. We can change this by exerting leadership, making wise investments and building local partnerships…IVAWA represents an effective cross-cutting approach that elevates the issue so it will count and be counted.”