Category Archives: Activism

May is Mental Health Month – Support Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Month, and here are resources for those dealing with mental health issues or looking to get involved in the fight to end the stigma and provide help for those going through it. I’ll continue updating the page throughout the month.
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Organizations That Help:

To Write Love on Her Arms – To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Celebrity Supporters: Jessica Chastain, Jared Padalecki (Anxiety, Depression), Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Sophia Bush

Random Acts – Started by Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins – At Random Acts, it’s our mission to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. We are here to inspire acts of kindness around the world both big and small. We provide a vast network of caring people with the encouragement and support they need to change lives for the better.

It Gets Better – The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
Celebrity Supporters: Lady Gaga (PTSD)

The Trevor Project – The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Celebrity Supporters: Anna Kendrick, Daniel Radcliffe, Ian Somerhalder, Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Rashida Jones

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Elizabeth Banks Talks to Adweek About Her Partnership With the American Heart Association

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Are you more likely to care about the health of your heart if the message comes from a funny ad? The American Heart Association is hoping that you are.

The AHA has partnered with Elizabeth Banks’ digital media company, WhoHaha, which works to promote funny content by women, on a new campaign for its Healthy for Good movement. Three video shorts — “Gym Hero”, “Food is my Boyfriend” and “Don’t be a Zombie” — were created to help educate Americans about how making small life changes can benefit their hearts.

“The American Heart Association is thrilled to work with WhoHaHa, and we’re excited about the opportunity to engage up-and-coming women comediennes in content that highlights the AHA’s heart health messages in a fun and entertaining way,” said Meighan Girgus, chief marketing and programs officer at the American Heart Association, in a statement.

The content will be distributed on DailyMotion and on WhoHaha’s social channels. The “Gym Heros” spot was written by and stars Deirdre Devlin and Vana Dabney of female sketch comedy team Honest Monster. It was directed by Kai Collins and Deena Adar from production company Quiet Duke.

Adweek caught up with Banks to see why she wanted to partner with the AHA and whether she’s got any Super Bowl plans.

Adweek: Why partner with the American Heart Association? What does this do for WhoHaha?

Elizabeth Banks: What’s so great about this collaboration in my mind is that I sort of got my start directing as a woman in Hollywood with the American Heart Association. I directed and starred in a video for them a few years ago now, and it was very successful and won some awards and was one of the first times that the AHA used humor to hook in the audience about heart disease in women. I feel like this is a way to sort of pass the torch to other content creators.

Adweek: Are you looking to connect more female creators with brands through WhoHaha? If so, does this partnership help?

Elizabeth Banks: This collaboration feels like a case study for how we can interact with brands. This is very much on message for WhoHaha — like let’s use humor and let’s change the world. Let’s focus on women and women’s issues. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. It beats the top four cancers combined, and it’s an issue that really needs attention. So it’s personal to me on that level. At the same time, it’s a great collaboration with a brand that sort of connects them to our content community, this group of women that we’re fans of, that we’re bringing into our offices every day, and we’re brainstorming with.

Adweek: So you make an effort to have the spots directed and written by women?

Elizabeth Banks: Yeah, this was produced and directed by Kai Collins and Deena Adar, who have a comedy trope, Quiet Duke, and we’ve featured some content from Quiet Duke on our site already. They are really great at production, so we wanted to promote them. It was created and written by Deirdre Devlin and Vana Dabney, who have a group called Honest Monster — everybody’s got a group [laughs] — and we were fans of their content as well. They’re very likeable and relatable and feel really real and still fun. We were also able to put other people featured on the platform into the content as well. So Alex Lynn Ward, who we do a ton of content with, Laura Hartley, Jaime Janek and Nina Daniels are in it.

It was just a really great way to bring our community together and give them a common goal. We shot the whole thing over three days last month, and we had the editing team on it. All women, women, women, women. I don’t want to say the entire crew was women — I recall a male sound person — but we really do our best, especially when it comes to the content creation and the leadership roles on set. Those are all women.

Adweek: How did the content creation work for this effort?

Elizabeth Banks: We sort of took the research that the AHA has and translated it into funny concepts. The research tells us that if you have a workout buddy, someone that you are responsible for, you are going to work out more. We took that concept and put it into “Gym Heros.” The idea of literally dragging your ass to work out, I just loved that. It feels really relatable and it goes to the heart of women’s issues, making it relatable to women and women’s lives, integrating activity where you can in your daily life.

Adweek: Will you be in any Super Bowl spots this year? Should we look out for you?

Elizabeth Banks: I actually directed a Super Bowl ad for Persil, the laundry detergent, and I’m really excited for that. Speaking to the whole notion women don’t get to direct a lot of commercials, it was a really fun experience.

Elizabeth Banks Talks to Advertising Age About Women In Comedy

Elizabeth Banks Covers The Edit

Elizabeth Banks Covers The Hollywood Reporter

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Scenes From the Women’s March

Antarctica
Women's March, Antarctica

Austin
Women's March, Austin

Boston
Women's March, Boston

Chicago
Women's March, Chicago

D.C.
Women's March, DC

Denver
Women's March, Denver

Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Women's March

Houston
Houston, Women's March

Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Womens March

New York City
New York, Women's March

Phoenix
Phoenix, Womens March

Sacramento
Sacramento, Womens March

Signs:

Womens March

Womens March

Womens March

Womens March

Womens March

Womens March

Womens March

Womens March

Celebrities at the Women’s March:

Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison, Womens March

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain, Womens March

John Legend
John Legend, Womens March

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain, Womens March

Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman, Womens March

Aja Naomi King & Alfred Enoch
Womens March

Misha Collins
Misha Collins, Womens March

Joseph Gordon Levitt
Joseph Gordon Levitt, Womens March

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Mila Kunis Speaks Out on Gender Bias

Mila Kunis Wrote a Letter About Her Experience With Sexism:
Mila Kunis
“You’ll never work in this town again.”

A cliché to be sure, but also what a producer threatened when I refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s magazine to promote our film. I was no longer willing to subject myself to a naïve compromise that I had previously been willing to. “I will never work in this town again?” I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said “no.” And guess what? The world didn’t end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace.

It’s what we are conditioned to believe — that if we speak up, our livelihoods will be threatened; that standing our ground will lead to our demise. We don’t want to be kicked out of the sandbox for being a “bitch.” So we compromise our integrity for the sake of maintaining the status quo and hope that change is coming.

But change is not coming fast enough to help my friends, my peers, or even our children. In fact, a recent study by the American Association of University Women shows that the pay gap is closing at such a slow rate that it will be 136 years before women are paid equally to men. 136 years. And the pay gap is but one clear quantification of the acute undervaluing of the contributions of women in the workplace.

Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender. And always, I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt; maybe they knew more, maybe they had more experience, maybe there was something I was missing. I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy’s club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it’s bullshit! And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen.

So, I started my own club. I formed a production company with three amazing women. We have been hustling to develop quality television shows with unique voices and perspectives. Since our inception, we have been lucky enough to partner with incredible producers, male and female, who have treated us as true equals and partners. Recently, we signed on to partner with an influential male producer on a project that would shine a light on an important social issue — ironically — inclusivity and our shared human experience.

In the process of pitching this show to a major network, the typical follow-up emails were sent to executives at this network. In this email chain, this producer chose to email the following:

“And Mila is a mega star. One of biggest actors in Hollywood and soon to be Ashton’s wife and baby momma!!!”

This is the entirety of his email. Factual inaccuracies aside, he reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children. It ignored my (and my team’s) significant creative and logistical contributions.

We withdrew our involvement in the project.

Yes, it is only one small comment. But it’s these very comments that women deal with day in and day out in offices, on calls, and in emails — microaggressions that devalue the contributions and worth of hard-working women.

Subtle gender bias is oftentimes nearly imperceptible, and even wholly undetectable to those who share the bias. It became clear in later emails from this producer that he was totally unaware of why his words were so appalling. What he characterized as a “lighthearted” comment was actually deeply undermining to my contributions and ability to be taken seriously as a creative partner.

I have no interest in vilifying this man. Blind gender biases are embedded in every facet of our life. They are reinforced by our educational institutions: men dominate the figures we study in history, the luminaries of math and science and technology about whom we learn, and the authors of political discourse we are taught to revere. We are inundated with tales of male superiority that blind us to the architecture of our own relationships. The very word “blind” informs us of everything. No one gets upset when a blind person bumps into a wall, but the wall does not cease to yield force.

I’m done compromising; even more so, I’m done with being compromised. So from this point forward, when I am confronted with one of these comments, subtle or overt, I will address them head on; I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate. I cannot guarantee that my objections will be taken to heart, but at least now I am part of creating an environment where there is the opportunity for growth. And if my comments fall on deaf ears, I will choose to walk away.

If this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere. I am fortunate that I have reached a place that I can stop compromising and stand my ground, without fearing how I will put food on my table. I am also fortunate that I have the platform to talk about this experience in the hope of bringing one more voice to the conversation so that women in the workplace feel a little less alone and more able to push back for themselves.

I will work in this town again, but I will not work with you.

Mila Kunis Covers Glamour

Kristen Bell & Mila Kunis Talk to PopSugar About ‘Bad Moms’

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WME-IMG, Agency Representing Tom Hiddleston, to Collaborate With UNICEF

Tom Hiddleston, UnicefWME-IMG, the agency that represents Tom Hiddleston, is entering a content partnership with UNICEF, the organization for which Hiddleston serves as an ambassador, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other celebrity ambassadors for UNICEF include Orlando Bloom and Ewan McGregor.

Under the collaboration, WME-IMG will lead the co-creation and distribution of content to elevate UNICEF’s causes. Through its network across entertainment, sports, and fashion, the company will look to partner UNICEF with key influencers, award-winning directors and producers, and global brands to create consumer-facing marketing campaigns and initiatives.

“WME-IMG’s employees work with some of the world’s greatest influencers, brands, and storytellers; all of whom care deeply about the welfare of our next generation,” Ariel Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO’s of WME-IMG, said. “Through this partnership, we will mobilize our global network to ignite action around UNICEF’s most pressing issues, encouraging people to get — and stay — involved.”

UNICEF was briefly mentioned in Tom Hiddleston’s speech following his Golden Globe win for best actor in limited series for his role as Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager. Hiddleston, who is repped by WME, is a major supporter of the organization, and was featured in a video message at WME-IMG’s recent retreat, expressing his happiness that the company is partnering with the cause.

In addition to this partnership, the WME-IMG Foundation will continue its support of partner schools in Compton, Brooklyn, London, and Nashville through mentorship programs, arts and education grants, client collaborations, and teacher assistance, as well as its work supporting WME-IMG clients in building and expanding their own philanthropic platforms and partnerships. In 2016 alone, the foundation supported 200 charities in 140 communities globally.

“With 16,000 children dying each day of preventable causes and tens of millions more displaced by violence and extreme poverty, UNICEF’s work on behalf of children is as important now as ever,” Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, said. “Through this partnership with WME-IMG, we can change the narrative and the way the entertainment industry thinks about global social impact. It is an extraordinary opportunity and I am very excited about what we can achieve together. With their support, we look forward to engaging with influential figures around the world to keep the world’s children in the spotlight, allowing them to survive and thrive despite the obstacles.”

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John Le Carre Talks to The Guardian About ‘The Night Manager’

Tom Hiddleston Covers The Envelope

Tom Hiddleston Talks to RedEye About ‘I Saw the Light’

Tom Hiddleston Talks to Business Insider About ‘High-Rise’

Tom Hiddleston Talks to Collider About ‘The Hollow Crown’

Tom Hiddleston Talks to The Hollywood Reporter About ‘I Saw the Light’

Tom Hiddleston Talks to Harpers Bazaar About ‘I Saw the Light’

A Conversation With ‘High Rise’ Director of Photography

Gifts For Tom Hiddleston Fans

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Lady Gaga Writes a Letter About Her Experience With PTSD

The complete letter:
Lady Gaga
I have wrestled for some time about when, how and if I should reveal my diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After five years of searching for the answers to my chronic pain and the change I have felt in my brain, I am finally well enough to tell you. There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery.

It is a daily effort for me, even during this album cycle, to regulate my nervous system so that I don’t panic over circumstances that to many would seem like normal life situations. Examples are leaving the house or being touched by strangers who simply want to share their enthusiasm for my music.

I also struggle with triggers from the memories I carry from my feelings of past years on tour when my needs and requests for balance were being ignored. I was overworked and not taken seriously when I shared my pain and concern that something was wrong. I ultimately ended up injured on the Born This Way Ball. That moment and the memory of it has changed my life forever. The experience of performing night after night in mental and physical pain ingrained in me a trauma that I relive when I see or hear things that remind me of those days.

I also experience something called dissociation which means that my mind doesn’t want to relive the pain so “I look off and I stare” in a glazed over state. As my doctors have taught me, I cannot express my feelings because my pre-frontal cortex (the part of the brain that controls logical, orderly thought) is overridden by the amygdala (which stores emotional memory) and sends me into a fight or flight response. My body is in one place and my mind in another. It’s like the panic accelerator in my mind gets stuck and I am paralyzed with fear.

When this happens I can’t talk. When this happens repeatedly, it makes me have a common PTSD reaction which is that I feel depressed and unable to function like I used to. It’s harder to do my job. It’s harder to do simple things like take a shower. Everything has become harder. Additionally, when I am unable to regulate my anxiety, it can result in somatization, which is pain in the body caused by an inability to express my emotional pain in words.

But I am a strong and powerful woman who is aware of the love I have around me from my team, my family and friends, my doctors and from my incredible fans who I know will never give up on me. I will never give up on my dreams of art and music. I am continuing to learn how to transcend this because I know I can. If you relate to what I am sharing, please know that you can too.

Traditionally, many associate PTSD as a condition faced by brave men and women that serve countries all over the world. While this is true, I seek to raise awareness that this mental illness affects all kinds of people, including our youth. I pledge not only to help our youth not feel ashamed of their own conditions, but also to lend support to those servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD. No one’s invisible pain should go unnoticed.

I am doing various modalities of psychotherapy and am on medicine prescribed by my psychiatrist. However, I believe that the most inexpensive and perhaps the best medicine in the world is words. Kind words…positive words…words that help people who feel ashamed of an invisible illness to overcome their shame and feel free. This is how I and we can begin to heal. I am starting today, because secrets keep you sick. And I don’t want to keep this secret anymore.

A note from my psychologist, drnancy:

If you think you might have PTSD, please seek professional help. There is so much hope for recovery. Many people think that the event that stimulated PTSD needs to be the focus. Yet often, people will experience the same event and have completely different reactions to it. It is my opinion that trauma occurs in an environment where your feelings and emotional experience are not valued, heard and understood. The specific event is not the cause of traumatic experience. This lack of a “relational home” for feelings is the true cause of traumatic experience. Finding support is key.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Talks to The Agency About Arts Education

Sarah Michelle GellarThis year, The Agency and Cindy Ambuehl are joining forces in support of P.S. ARTS’ annual “Express Yourself” fundraiser in Santa Monica. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern California to provide yearlong performing and visual arts classes to children in underserved public schools who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the arts—and we’re not the only ones who believe in this worthy cause.

sarah-michelle-gellar-and-cindy-ambuehl-at-ps-arts-express-youself-2015-2Sarah Michelle Gellar is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to championing memorable family experiences and childhood creativity. Her new, family-focused company, Foodstirs, does just that, offering organic, non-GMO baking kits and mixes designed to bring families together to create lasting memories in the kitchen. A supporter of P.S. ARTS and participant of the fundraiser each year, Sarah Michelle kindly shared her perspective on the importance of arts education and what P.S. ARTS means to her.

The Agency: Why do you think it’s so important for arts education to be a part of school curriculum?

Gellar: I have always believed that creativity is the road to invention. Studies show that creative people not only invent, but they also problem solve. Creativity is vital not just to the arts, but to science, engineering, medicine, and technology.

The Agency: How do you think the lack of arts education in schools affects students?

Gellar: Lack of arts education greatly affects students. Students that have access to arts education tend to have better grades in school and better job opportunities once they graduate. Without art programs, kids often show a lack of confidence that affects all aspects of their life.

The Agency: For students who don’t have access to arts education, what are some alternatives that can help them (and their parents) stay involved in these pursuits?

Gellar: I always remind parents that if schools don’t have these programs, there are many local opportunities available, from community theatre to museum programs, to nonprofit organizations that offer the opportunities to engage.

The Agency: What are some of the positive effects that you’ve seen as a result of the P.S. ARTS program?

Gellar: I am incredibly grateful to the P.S. ARTS program for giving a voice to the underserved children in communities without the funding for proper arts education. So often, we can be aware of a problem, but rarely do we know the best way to problem solve. P.S. ARTS brings awareness and the financial ability to offer these programs that get cut. The winners are the smiling faces on the children that are our future.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Launches Lifestyle Brand

Gifts For Fans of Buffy & Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar Supports No Kid Hungry

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Sam Heughan Named President of Cancer Charity

Sam Heughan, Comic conSam Heughan has been announced as Scotland President of blood cancer charity Bloodwise. He has been a staunch supporter of the charity since 2011, most recently spearheading fundraising and fitness campaign ‘My Peak Challenge’. The initiative galvanised Sam’s supporters to raise £225,000 to help fund a clinical trial that is testing treatment for one of the most aggressive forms of leukaemia.

He was announced president of the charity at a reception held at the iconic Lighthouse in Glasgow. It is hoped that Sam’s role at the charity will continue to raise awareness of blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Sam, who was joined during the evening by Scottish blood cancer patients, researchers and fundraisers, said: “It is a great honor to be given this title and to have met the extended Bloodwise family and individuals who have contributed to research and helped to fundraise.

“They are making a remarkable difference,” Heughan said. “I hope to honour all those affected by blood cancer and continue the fight against this disease.”

Yvonne Dickson, head of regional fundraising, presented a hand engraved Scottish Quaich to Sam to celebrate the occasion. “Sam has been an incredibly loyal supporter of Bloodwise for a number of years,” Dickson said. “He has not only rallied his fans and supporters to help raise money for the charity, but his global profile has increased awareness of blood cancer and the work we do to improve the lives of patients. We are absolutely delighted that he has become our Scottish President and are excited to see what the future holds.”

The charity has a strong presence in Scotland, with over £6 million currently invested in blood cancer research projects at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities.

Sam Heughan Designs Collection for Barbour

Gifts For Fans of Sam Heughan and Outlander

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Jennifer Lawrence Writes About the Election: A Letter to Young Women

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Jennifer Lawrence
Is this the stark reality? It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, if you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected, are white men.

I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves. We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.

If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence, love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before — no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.

If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say. I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.

We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work.

But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman — don’t be afraid, be loud!

Jennifer Lawrence Covers Harpers Bazaar

Jennifer Lawrence Donates $2 Million to Children’s Hospital

Jennifer Lawrence Covers Glamour

Jennifer Lawrence Covers Vogue

Jennifer Lawrence Buys House In Beverly Hills

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Emma Watson Calls for An End to Child Marriage In Africa

Emma WatsonThanks to growing implementation of a law passed last year, child marriage may soon be a relic of Malawi’s past, and on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the country to celebrate the achievements of UN Women, the Malawian Government, local chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having their marriages annulled.

“Meeting with young girls, who like many in their country, are struggling with poverty and were pressured into early marriage, depriving them of their education in the process, made me realize just how important it is for women to be able to make their own choices,” said Watson. “It’s so encouraging to see how such a harmful practice can be stopped when communities work together to pass laws, and then turn those laws into reality.”

In 2015, Malawi passed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act, raising the minimum age of marriage to 18. Since then, UN Women has worked with partners and tribal chiefs to ensure that the law is implemented at a local level. Malawi’s President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, who is an Impact Champion of the HeForShe Campaign, has appointed a special task force to see that the law is fully implemented within five years.

According to UN Women, Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world: half of girls are married before the age of 18, usually because families are too poor to continue to support them. Moreover, teen pregnancies account for 20 to 30 per cent of maternal deaths, and a mere 45 per cent of girls continue their education beyond the 8th grade.

Excluding China, one-third of girls from developing countries are married before the age of 18, ending their childhood and right to education. Early marriage practices also expose girls to physical and sexual abuse as well as early pregnancies before they are emotionally or physically ready to care for a child.

Malawi’s law is the result of 12 years of effort, including cooperation between UN Women and local community chiefs. Around the world, UN Women advocates for the adoption and implementation of laws that prohibit and prevent child marriage. It empowers girls and women to know their rights, and rallies communities to help bring an end to the practice.
Ms. Watson’s visit brings to light the work of these communities and their international partners. In Dedza, a district in Central Malawi, she met with Chief Kachindamoto, a prominent leader in the fight to end child marriage whose efforts have earned her the nickname ‘The Terminator,’ thanks to her tireless efforts.

Ms. Watson praised Chief Kachindamoto, who “has implemented the annulment of so many child marriages and restored the future of these girls. With the help and collaboration of her local chiefs, mothers’ group and religious leaders, she has managed to annul almost 1,500 child marriages, sending the girls back to school. Because of bold and brave leadership like this, things may start to change. It was amazing to be on the ground with UN Women to witness their work!”

This work is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As UN Country Representative Clara Anyangwe explains, “progress is not possible without investing in women and girls. They are our future and constitute half of any society’s promise and resources.” UN Women’s Planet 50-50 by 2030 calls upon governments to empower women and girls to reach their full potential by making national commitments such as the one in Malawi that Ms. Anyangwe calls “a top priority for change.”

The UN marks the International Day of the Girl Child annually on 11 October. This year’s theme is ‘Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls,’ and urges stakeholders to take the opportunity provided by the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs to harness the data required to ensure programmes, policies and services effectively respond to the specific needs of girls.

Emma Watson Covers Grazia

Emma Watson Talks to Paper About Feminism

Benedict Cumberbatch & Emma Watson Appointed Visiting Fellows at Oxford

Emma Watson Gives Book Recommendations

Emma Watson Covers Porter

Emma Watson Covers British Vogue

Emma Watson Named Campaigner of the Year

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