Celebrities are marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8th 2011 by letting rip on women’s rights for the launch of ActionAid’s Get Lippy campaign.
Celebrated photographer Rankin has joined forces with ActionAid to highlight the inequalities faced by millions of women across the world. Together they asked six high-profile women to be photographed in support of women in developing countries who are speaking up to claim their rights and improve their lives – to Get Lippy for women living in poverty. March 8th is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
For millions, it is the time to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements women have made since the first International Women’s Day when people marched across Europe for a woman’s right to vote, work and hold public office.
For ActionAid, International Women’s Day is also a time to shine a spotlight on the struggles women face now in the developing world and to build solidarity to tackle the urgent challenges ahead. ActionAid campaigns for a world where women and men, girls and boys, have equally good chances in life, free from want and free from fear.
ActionAid asked the celebrities to send a message of support to the millions of women in the developing world who are struggling everyday to improve their lives.
Since ActionAid believes that more unites women than divides them, the charity also asked the celebrities to say what they thought was the best and worst thing about being a woman today.
Joanna Lumley said: “I have travelled in all kinds of countries so I know some of the terrible disadvantages women have been struggling under and continue to struggle under all across the world. I want them to know that we are going to help, we are there for you.”
On what the best and worst thing about being a woman is “It’s obvious what women are best at. Multi-tasking, we are genetically able to multi-task – men can’t do that. What’s worst? The way we have been discriminated against in all religions and in all societies throughout all time. It’s incredible to think it’s not even 100 years since women got the vote in this country – bad.”