Nicole Kidman seeks protection for women in Haiti

August 2nd, 2010 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS  

Nicole Kidman Los Angeles, Aug 1 (IANS) Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman has urged officials in earthquake-ravaged Haiti to increase security of women in the nation to prevent sexual attacks on them.
Kidman visited the country as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem).

“During this trip I saw first-hand how this humanitarian disaster is impacting women and girls,” quoted her as saying.

“The lack of shelter and security makes them more vulnerable to violence, in particular sexual violence. Yet, I have also seen the determination and resilience of women and men in Haiti to rebuild their country.

“I visited a temporary shelter for women and girls who experienced sexual violence or are at risk, where women leaders work to make sure there are medical and legal services as well as counselling and livelihood training. This needs to be done on a large scale and they need our support,” she added.

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