Celeb: Break out the protocol books, folks, the Dutchess is in town. It wasn’t exactly a royal visit when Fergie visited the State Department on Thursday, but the pop star certainly drew attention.
Cause: Stopping global violence against women. Fergie linked up with the cause because of her work with the Avon Foundation for Women (she has several fragrances with the cosmetics company and serves as the Avon Foundation Global Ambassador).
The scene: The ornate Ben Franklin room at State Department headquarters in Foggy Bottom. Fergie, looking uncharacteristically conservative in a pinstriped three-piece pantsuit, introduced a new public-private initiative called the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence, which aims to improve the enforcement of laws around the globe protecting victims of domestic and gender violence.
Sound bite: In an interview afterwards, Fergie says she wasn’t drawn to the cause because of domestic abuse in her own family or circle of friends. “Not that I know of — but finding out the statistics about it — one in three women affected in their lifetime, there’s more out there that’s unbeknownst to me about people and their stories,” she said. “I encourage women to speak up and not be shamed, to speak up so that justice can be served.”
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