Happy International Women's Day to every woman on Earth.
Emma Watson, Amy Schumer and Miley Cyrus are among the first stars celebrating International Women’s Day on social media.
Watson shared a photo of herself striking a pose while holding flowers and wrote: “Whether you’re marching, dancing, rising, resisting, protesting, striking, uniting or celebrating, wishing you all a wonderful #internationalwomensday!”
She also shared a second Instagram post encouraging her followers to donate to rape crises centres and to sign a petition which would see specialist rape counselling support provided to everyone who needs it.
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With the awareness generated by #metoo, there is an increased demand for support services as more people are emboldened to name what happened to them.❣️Rape Crisis Centres❣️offer much-needed support to people who have been assaulted across England and Wales (@rapecrisisew), but demand way outstrips supply.❗️This time last year, there were 6,355 survivors on Rape Crisis waiting lists and these can be as long as 14 months.‼️ This means that if a survivor calls to look for support they may be turned away... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⌛️ Successive UK governments have failed to fund life-saving services. There are just 44 Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. But the Istanbul Convention (which our Government will soon ratify) sets out a minimum provision of support for victims of rape which would require that there be 150 Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. It’s simply unacceptable that a country like mine falls so far short of the minimum standards set across Europe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❤️✍ So on #IWD2019, I encourage you to sign Fern’s petition LINK IN BIOand demand that Theresa May guarantees sustained funding for rape crisis support services, so the survivors of sexual violence can access the support they need. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✍ tinyurl.com/FernsPetition ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These are the words of 25-year-old Fern Champion, who was raped in 2016 and has launched a petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that specialist rape counselling support is always available for everyone who seeks it: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 爐 “By not adequately funding support services this Government is telling survivors that their recovery does not matter and by extension that they do not matter. When you have been raped, the vital, life-saving counselling should just be there when you need it.” ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☎️ RAPE CRISIS NATIONAL HELPLINE: 0808 802 9999 (rapecrisis.org.uk)
Miley Cyrus marked the day by sharing a video of her and Ariana Grande singing Crowded House’s hit 'Don’t Dream It’s Over' and writing: “Celebrating some of my favourite #Women. “This cute ass (mouse/bear) is my #1.”
Comedian Amy Schumer also posted to her social media channels a clip from her forthcoming stand-up special Growing to mark the day.
“I’m so grateful to this new generation of women that came along and were like ‘Hey, have you been getting sexually harassed like this your whole lives?" she says in the clip.
“‘You wanna do something about that?’ ‘We’re so used to it, you know?'”