Nicole Kidman criticised over ad for airline

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Los Angeles, April 7 (IANS) Actress Nicole Kidman is facing ire from flight attendants over her new role as the face of Etihad Airways.

Kidman, who has served as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for women since 2006, recently began appearing in an ad campaign for the airlines, which is owned by the United Arab Emirates, reports

In a statement, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) has criticised Kidman for her association with the company, citing reports that Etihad has fired women for becoming pregnant and forces flight attendants to live in confined compounds.

“We urge you, on behalf of the women and girls that you spoke of so eloquently (on International Women’s Day), not to play a part in promoting Etihad Airways, a company that imposes abusive labour practices on its female employees and whose sole owner is a government that stands against the very world that you imagine,” the statement read.

The message also referred to a news article, which alleges that UAE husbands are allowed to beat their wives and that there is no punishment for marital rape.

“The APFA — a union that represents 25,000 flight attendants, including nearly 19,000 female crewmembers — has long been a leading voice on the issue of discriminatory labuor practices in our industry. We would gladly welcome your voice to our effort,” the statement read further.

Kidman’s representative did not respond to a request for comment.

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