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Nicole Kidman Honored By Vogue Germany, UN Women & Cinema For Peace As Ambassador For Women's Rights

Nicole Kidman Lensed By Patrick Demarchelier In ‘Don’t Strike A Pose: Be You’ For Vogue Germany August 2013

Oscar-winning actor Nicole Kidman is lensed by three different photographers — Patrick Demarchelier, Camilla Akrans and Bruce Weber —  for the August issue of Vogue Germany dedicated to her and to celebrate her honorary award from the Cinema for Peace Foundation. Nicole is honored for ‘her commitment to social change and her activism on behalf of women’s rights’.

That makes her a Smart Sensuality AOC woman engaged in issues ‘from fashion to flogging’.

Vogue Germany’s Editor-in-Chief Christiane Arp said: ‘

Success has not satisfied Nicole Kidman. On the contrary — her hunger for new experiences is undiminished. We are fascinated by that aspect of her character.’

It’s a gift for us that she was prepared to be featured in this Vogue. Not only because she gave us so much of her time, but also because, above and beyond her Hollywood professionalism, she opened herself up as an approachable and profound person.’

Nicole Kidman Honored

Nicole Kidman recently received a special honorary award for her long-term social engagement for women’s rights together with Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Acting Head of UN Women, at the Cinema for Peace UN Woman honorary dinner, held at Soho House in Berlin, Germany.

Cinema For Peace describes itself as ‘the Oscars with brains’. Speaking at the event, Ms. Puri said: ‘There is so much to do. Right now, we are looking to Egypt where UN Women has supported women since the early stages of the democratic transition.’

“At this crucial juncture, women must be part of a peaceful and democratic dialogue to determine the country’s future.”

Nicole Kidman is currently the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, charged with promoting and defending the rights of women worldwide. The actor’s specific focus on ending violence against women, links her to others like Angelina Jolie who devote countless hours on women’s issues.

Kidman has previously discussed her role with the UN, saying: ‘I have learned about the horrific scope of violence against women around the world and seen its devastating impact. ‘When I first learned that one in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime, I was utterly shocked.’

In honoring Kidman the Board of the Cinema for Peace Foundation said:

“Women represent half of humanity, and of its potential. Yet around the world women are still deprived of a life free from discrimination and violence. We applaud the establishment of UN Women as a global champion for women and girls. Nicole Kidman has helped give a voice to countless women who are survivors of gender-based violence. She is a role model for others.”

As Egypt attempts to move forward after its recent military coup that removed elected president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi from power on July 3, a new cabinet was named that includes three women but no Islamist members. The Muslim Brotherhood has refused to participate in the new government.

The Morsi government came under sharp criticism from Egyptian women like Mervat El-Tallawy who spoke about the wave of violence against women that was unleashed when the Muslim Brotherhood came to power.


Malala Yousafzai Calls On World Leaders To Educate Children As Part of UN Malala Day 16th Birthday Celebration

Malala Yousafzai speaking at the United Nations on Friday, July 12 of the need to educate the world’s children. Malala recalled how the attackers had also shot her friends. “They thought that the bullets would silence us,” she said, “but they failed.”

And then, out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. My dreams are the same

 Happy Birthday Malala!

View larger Beyoncé’s Happy Birthday message to Malala Yousafzai.

“I want to work hard, I want to sacrifice my whole life for the education of girls. And to be true, I want to say that I don’t to be the girl who was shot by the Taliban, I want to be the girl who struggled for her rights,” Malala said at the UN on Friday, July 12th.

Malala Yousafzai Documentary

Davis Guggenheim, whose previous projects include ‘Waiting for Supserman’ and Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ is filming a documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani education advocate who was shot in the head last October by Taliban gunmen in the SWAT region of Pakistan.

Mr. Guggenheim’s Hollywood producers are Walter F. Parkes and wife Laurie MacDonald. The project is being financed by Image Nation of Abu Dhabi.

Guggenheim and MacDonald originally planned a dramatic film, based on Malala’s life, but changed to the documentary format after meeting her, writes the New York Times.

Malala and her family recently visited Abu Dhabi, the country which has helped her recover from her attack.  The Abu Dhabi Festival donated Dh368,000 to the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education in Egypt and announced a formal relationship between the festival and UNESCO to promote education worldwide.

Malala Yousafzai At UN

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, a survivor of attempted murder for her work promoting education for girls in Pakistan, make her first major speech at the UN on Friday, calling on world leaders to provide “free, compulsory education” for every child.

The astoundingly composed young woman celebrated her 16th birthday on the world stage, wearing a pink shawl that had once belonged to the assassinated Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Malala addressed more than 500 young leaders at a special Youth Assembly, co-organized with UN special envoy for global education Gordon Brown, the former British prime minister.

A new report called “Children Battling To Go To School” found that 95 percent of the 28.5 million children who aren’t getting a primary school education live in low and lower-middle income countries. Girls make up 55 percent of that total.

Malala will return in September for an education summit scheduled as world leaders convene for the UN General Assembly.


Dem Donors Give Kentucky's Alison Lundergan Grimes Standing O In Senate Race Against Mitch McConnell

It’s time to start our engines for Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes, the 34-year-old Democratic secretary of state who intends to take out Senate Minority Speaker Mitch McConnell.

Howard Fineman writes for Huffington Post:

In her first major appearance before national party leaders, Saturday on Martha’s Vineyard, Grimes wowed Democratic senators, Senate candidates and donors alike at the party’s annual private summer fundraising retreat.

Each year the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee invites top donors to schmooze with senators, especially those up for reelection, and inspect the merchandise of challengers who will take on Republican incumbents.

Grimes spoke to the group Saturday morning and brought the jaded and normally undemonstrative crowd to its feet in wild applause, said one top donor, who had been deeply skeptical of the idea that McConnell could be knocked off by anyone.

Grimes made news a couple of weeks ago by announcing her senate run w/o a website in place. Mitch isn’t laughing any more, suggests both Howard Fineman and Kentucky’s Courier Journal. She is the daughter of one of Kentucky’s most prominent politicos, destined for a political future. Deciding to take on Mitch McConnell represents a quick turn in her destiny, but Democratic troops appear ready and enthusiastic to rally around her. 

“I’ve been going to these for years, and I have never, until this morning, seen a candidate get a standing O,” said the donor, who is among the top 100 contributors to the committee over the last five years. “It was amazing.” 

Kentucky’s Courier Journal columnist Al Cross writes that Grimes is a very serious competitor to knock Mitch McConnell out of his senate seat.

1. Author Robert Galbraith, whose debut novel ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ received outstanding debuts , was outed as Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling by London’s Sunday Times newspaper.

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” Rowling said. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

After one reviewer described as a “scintillating debut novel,” while another called it “astonishingly mature”. The novel had sold around 1,500 copies in hardback, before this weekend’s outing.

2. Texas Democrats have vowed to fight in the courts new abortion legislation passed in Austin late Friday night. The Republican majority passed the controversial bill with one Democratic vote. The 20 Democratic amendments to the bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, permits no exceptions for rape or incest, requires all abortions to take place in surgical centers, and offers no leeway in prescribing an abortion-inducing pill were all denied.

The abortion debate in Texas mobilized protests not seen in the last 20 years. “Let’s make sure that tonight is not an ending point, it’s a beginning point for our future, our collective futures, as we work to take this state back,” Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth told 2,000 supporters gathered in Austin.

3. US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has resigned her position as Homeland Security Secretary to become president of the University of California system. Napolitano was the third person to head the agency created in response to the 9/11 attacks.

Napolitano is the first woman to lead UC’s 145-year history. The LA Times writes that UC regents hope that a highly-visible political personality will be more effective at fundraising and playing an influential role in Sacramento and Washington.

The NY Daily News reports that Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing NYPD Chief Ray Kelly as her replacement.

4. EMILY’s List is on record with their intention to brand Florida Senator Marco Rubio as anti-women ahead of the 2016 elections. Stephanie Schriock, the group’s president, told TIME magazine that the Republican senator is “the most anti-women, anti-family candidate of the GOP field.”

“This is a senator who was one of only 22 Republican men voting against the Violence Against Women Act. He has worked tirelessly to roll back women’s freedom,” says Schriock.

Rubio’s ‘alleged sins’ against women also include his votes against pay equity legislation and support for mandatory ultrasounds in Florida. Rubio called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, “a gift for trial lawyers”.

Read the New Republic’s analysis ‘There’s No Cure for Marco Rubio’s Abortion Anxiety’.

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5. The Atlantic asks: When Do Women (and Men) Stop Leaning In?, following up on Catherine Rampell’s analysis for the New York Times.

The popular notion that women stop looking for job promotions earlier than men goes under the microscope with another look at 2008 data from the Families and Work Institute. In 2008 just 37 percent of working women and 44 percent of working men wanted more responsibility at the office.

Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In’ argues that the gender gap is much higher in the 25-34 and 35-44 age groups. University women and post 45-age women have similar expectations as men.