LONDON • Actress Nicole Kidman stated on Tuesday that everybody had a task to play in ending violence in opposition to ladies and ladies that has surged in lockdowns through the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oscar-winning actress, who’s a United Nations (UN) Girls’s Goodwill Ambassador, stated her function in tv collection Huge Little Lies (2017 to 2019) had strengthened her stance on violence in opposition to ladies, calling lockdown spikes in abuse a “shadow pandemic”.
Kidman, 53, stated taking part in lawyer and home abuse survivor Celeste on the hit HBO collection had affected her personally.
“I felt uncovered, weak and deeply humiliated as I instructed her story – although taking part in that character is nothing in contrast with what ladies in abusive relationships face,” Kidman stated in an opinion column in The Guardian newspaper.
The Australian actress stated the tales of survivors she had met throughout her UN work pushed her to lend her voice to these with no platform.
From Latin America to Europe, international locations all over the world have reported spikes in home violence in opposition to ladies throughout pandemic-related lockdowns.
Final yr, 243 million ladies and ladies skilled sexual or bodily violence from their companions, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, govt director of UN Girls, stated final month.
This yr, stories of elevated home violence, cyber bullying, youngster marriages, sexual harassment and sexual violence have flooded in, she added.
Throughout lockdowns earlier this yr, Mexico and Colombia noticed spikes of greater than 50 per cent in stories of violence in opposition to ladies and home abuse.
Throughout Europe – from Bulgaria to Britain – international locations in April reported as much as a 60 per cent improve in emergency calls from ladies subjected to violence by their companions.
In her column, Kidman linked to a UN Inhabitants Fund word in April that stated each three months of lockdown may result in 15 million instances of gender-based violence. She stated it was essential to hearken to survivors, to have conversations with youngsters about gender and consent, and to make use of social media and neighborhood areas to boost consciousness.
“Everybody has a task to play and energy to contribute to ending violence in opposition to ladies and ladies, even throughout this pandemic,” she wrote. “Violence in opposition to ladies and ladies was already widespread earlier than the pandemic. Whether or not it should outlive it or not, it is on us all.”