(AP) – Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman and Mira Sorvino are urging an end to violence against women.
The actors made their appeal at a concert Wednesday night to support the U.N. agency that promotes equality for women and an end to physical and sexual attacks.
General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar brought the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra to the U.N. and dedicated the concert to supporting UN Women.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the crowd that “more than half of all women will be victims of violence in their lifetime – beatings, sexual abuse, even murder.”
Sorvino, the U.N. goodwill ambassador to combat human trafficking, told concertgoers that in the U.S. “one out of three women will be raped or assaulted in her lifetime.”