Nicole da Silva announced as first National Champion of UN Women NC Australia

The Australian National Committee for UN Women is pleased to announce that Australian actor Nicole da Silva has agreed to become the first national Champion for the organisation, supporting our efforts to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.

As a Champion, Nicole will support the UN Women National Committee Australia by attending events in March to mark International Women’s Day on March 8. Nicole will also help to educate her growing audience about women’s empowerment issues, and encourage donations to UN Women through the UN Women National Committee Australia website and social media platforms.

Nicole is currently appearing as ‘Franky Doyle’ on Foxtel’s Wentworth, for which she has been nominated for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female, at the 2014 ASTRA Awards.

Nicole is also known for her leading role as ‘Snr Const. Stella D’Agostino’ in Southern Star’s AFI award winning drama Rush, for which she received continuous critical acclaim over the show’s four-season run.

Nicole also played major roles in the SBS series Carla Cametti P.D., gaining a Best Actress nomination at the Monte Carlo Television Awards, and in the FOXTEL series Dangerous for which she received a Graham Kennedy Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding New Talent. Other television credits include All Saints, Home and Away and East West 101.

Nicole has several theatre credits to her name including Malthouse Theatre’s Blood Wedding directed by Marion Potts, A Behanding in Spokane with the Melbourne Theatre Company, B.C. with The Hayloft Project and This Is Our Youth at FortyFiveDownstairs. Nicole also produced and performed in Queen C for B Sharp at Belvoir St Theatre and A Life in the Theatre for Darlinghurst Theatre.

The UN Women National Committee Australia is one of 18 National Committees globally including the USA, UK, Sweden and Canada. In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, bringing together four existing United Nations organisations dedicated to the advancement of women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the organisation’s goals towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Since its inception in 1989, the UN Women National Committee Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia) has grown and now includes the National Office in Canberra, as well as International Women’s Day Committees and is supported by the public and a range of corporate and media partners.

The UN Women National Committee Australia supports UN Women through fundraising for UN Women projects around the world. We have a formal membership base of 1350 individuals and NGOs, and more than 30,000 people attend our International Women’s Day events each year.