The message at the first-ever awards ceremony of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women was simple: “they count on us; we count on you.” Organised by the Trust Fund, the ceremony put a spotlight on ground-breaking initiatives that address the crucial needs of survivors of gender-based violence around the world and recognised individuals who have dedicated their lives to the cause.
One of the people honoured for her extensive work advocating to end violence against women was UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman.
Ms. Kidman, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador thanked activists all over the world who work tirelessly in every society to end violence against women and girls.
Speaking through a video message, she said: “It is an outrage that violence against women continues to be a part of the daily reality for millions of women and girls. It is a reality we must not accept.”
Since the demand for the UN Trust Fund far exceeds the funding available, she emphasised: “Much has been achieved, but much more needs to be done.”
Since its inception in 1996 the UN Trust Fund has awarded USD 95 million to support 368 initiatives, touching the lives of nearly 6 million people, however so many more women and girls need the help of the Trust Fund.
As Nicole Kidman implored, “Please let survivors of violence know that they can count on you.”
The Australian National Committee for UN Women is currently raising funds to assist women and girls whose lives have been destroyed by sexual violence and abuse. More than a third of women around the world will face violence at some time in their lives. In countries in our own Asia-Pacific region, the figure is as high two-thirds. Just $65 helps UN Women provide group therapy and psycho-social counselling for women traumatised by sexual violence.