Actress Nicole Kidman is lobbying for an International Violence Against Women Act being pushed by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Ma.), says Politico.com. Kiersten Stewart of the Family Violence Prevention Fund says Kidman's global celebrity is raising the issue’s international profile. “She's wonderful at making the connection that this is a global problem,” Stewart said.
Delahunt's bill would allocate nearly $200 million for a comprehensive approach to ending violence against women, in part by streamlining existing U.S. efforts and uniting them in other countries. It would also require the State Department to pick countries to help implement the plan and expand the department's Office of Global Women's Issues, run by Ambassador-at-Large Melanne Verveer, whose position was created by President Barack Obama. Speaking to a House committee, Kidman wasn't afraid to turn on the drama, saying, “We need a lot more, which is why I'm here begging. We need more money.” Many countries have laws to punish crimes against women, including rape, but those laws often go unenforced, she said.