13:30 27 January 2006
Nicole Kidman has become a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
The screen beauty - who is set to marry lover Keith Urban - will work towards improving women's rights and ending violence against them.
The actress revealed her family inspired her to take on the freedom fighting role.
She said: "My family and I always sat around the dinner table having political conversations. My father always said, 'You need to be involved. Don't be a voyeur, be a participator'."
Nicole said she also got interested in humanitarian work after filming her movie, 'The Human Stain'.
She added: "While shooting the film I met with a lot of women in abuse shelters and the stories I was told were so disturbing - and this in America.
"They very much contributed to me going, 'I have to find a way in which I can somehow help these people'."
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