Kidman has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 . The Australian actress claimed: "I find trying to solve problems and save lives is far more important than my film career."
Nicole wore a pink wristband at the British première of the movie "The Interpreter" as a tribute to her mother Janelle’s battle with breast cancer.
"I’ve been put in a position where I’ve been given a lot. I think it’s my duty to give something back," Kidman has been quoted as saying.
It has to be noted that Kidman is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM since 2006.
Nicole has been a patron of the Sydney Children’s Hospital for 20 years and always makes a point of visiting the children when she is in Australia. In 2007 she held a special screening of her movie "The Golden Compass" for those old enough to see it and in 2006 she held a special. Guests at her wedding to Keith Urban were asked to donate money to the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick instead of giving them gifts.
A pair of her jeans raised $11,000 at a charity auction for "Jeans for Genes".
Kidman received Australia’s highest civilian honour in 2006 when she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, for "service to the performing arts as an acclaimed motion picture performer, to health care through contributions to improve medical treatment for women and children and advocacy for cancer research, to youth as a principal supporter of young performing artists, and to humanitarian causes in Australia and internationally."
Kidman was also involved with the "Little Tee Campaign" for Breast Cancer Care to design T-shirts or vests to raise money for breast cancer. Kidman’s mother, Janelle, is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in 1984.
In 2008, Kidman urged people to add their names to a petition at www.saynotoviolence.org to stop the perpetrators of violence against women around the world.
Nicole joined fellow Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to reaffirm their commitment to ending violence against women. In her statement to the assembled delegation Nicole shared her experiences with "Women and Girls" who’ve survived horrific abuse and urged everyone to do their part to address enormous human rights.
Nicole Kidman participated in "Futures Without Violence's RESPECT! Challenge" in September, 2012. It’s a national public action campaign and contest designed to ignite a conversation about the invaluable role that parents, teachers, coaches, family, and mentors play in our most formative years. The RESPECT! Challenge asks: "Who would you like to thank for teaching you respect?"
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