🚨📞 Calling all UK organisations & grassroots activists - don’t forget the Justice and Equality Fund is open for applications! ••• 🤲🏼💞 This fund, catalysed by the UK #TimesUp movement, and hosted by Rosa, the UK’s women’s fund, supports those working to bring an end to sexual harassment and abuse in our workplaces and communities across the UK. ••• 📋✍🏼 Find out more about how to apply here: http://www.rosauk.org/how-to-apply/justice-and-equality-fund-2/ ••• 👉🏼✨ Here is the link if you would like to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/Justice-and-Equality-Fund ••• #MeToo #JusticeAndEqualityFund
🎥 👀 Don’t forget to watch #LeadingLadyParts, a short by @rebelparkproductions, on their YouTube channel and BBC iPlayer. Inspired by the UK's @TIMESUPNOW group, and including many of them too! #womeninfilm ••• And as the trailer says 👆🏼, you can donate to the Justice and Equality Fund supported by our UK #TimesUp group here: www.gofundme.com/Justice-and-Equality-Fund ••• Sending love 💕 to the cast, my friends, the writer and the mainly female crew: Jessica Swale, Gemma Arterton, Felicity Jones, Catherine Tate, Stacy Martin, Chloë Thomson, @gemma_chan, @emilia_clarke, @wunmimosaku, @iamlenaheadey, @florencepugh, @_katieleung_, @earlywelsh, @twhiddleston, @fran_mottola, Pani Scott and @awarnermusic
🏊🏽♀️💦🏅 I recently met Olympic swimmer, Yusra Mardini, from Syria who represented the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team in the Rio 2016 Olympics. 🦋✊🏽🏆 ••• Yusra has an incredible story: she fled the war in Syria with her sister, and was part of a group trying to reach Greece by boat. When the motor failed, Yusra, her sister and two others swam in open water for more than three hours to stop their dinghy from capsizing, saving the lives of 20 people. She is now the youngest ever UNHCR @refugees Goodwill Ambassador, and you can all read her incredible story in her autobiography, 🦋 Butterfly 🦋. ••• It was so inspiring to meet you @mardiniysra and I wish you all the best training for 2020! #withrefugees #sheplayswewin #ThisGirlCan
🥅🏑🏃🏽♀️Hockey was a big part of my life growing up, and I am proud to have joined @helenrichardson8 and @emilydefroand 💫 at Thorpe Hall Primary School in Walthamstow for the launch @HockeyFuturesUK 🌟, a charity aiming to get children into hockey. ••• 🏑🌎🏆 Good luck in the Women's World Cup @EnglandHockey #HWC2018 https://www.hockeyfutures.org/
💪🏾💪🏽💪🏼 I am honoured to have hosted a panel of extraordinary activists at the ‘From Violence to a Place of Power’ event, which explored how philanthropy can increase its support for the movement to end violence against girls and women. 💸💕🤲🏼 ••• Thank you to the panel: Nasra (@_IntegrateUK), Marai (Imkaan) and Devi (@FridaFund), and all the other incredible speakers who inspired us with their honesty and passion. Supporting women's and girls organisations is the single greatest hope we have for worldwide transformative change - and my philanthropic choices are grounded in that belief. ••• Thank you to NoVo Foundation, Oak Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and Ariadne for organising this event. #timesup #metoo #endVAWG
☀💦✍🏼 I am excited to announce that July/August's pick for @oursharedshelf is our first poet, @rupikaur_ , and her book of poems Milk and Honey 🍯🥛. Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born, Canadian-raised poet and artist. She chooses not to use upper case letters or punctuation in her poems as an ode to her native language, Punjabi. She travels the world, including recently to her native country India, performing her poems and drawing crowds of hundreds. Both of her books, Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers, have made the New York Times bestseller list, which for a poet, is astonishing. ••• Over my lifetime, I have fallen in and out of love with poetry. Performing poems was what got me into acting (I had a primary school teacher that made everyone learn one a week, and eventually I won a poetry recital competition!) In secondary school and at university, I loved deciphering the codes of poems in class discussion, but I honestly wondered if poetry would continue to feature in my life outside of an academic context. ••• Enter poets like @holliepoetry, @SabrinaMahfouz and Rupi Kaur- I demolished whole books in single sittings. Unlike poems I have often spent weeks unraveling, Rupi’s poems are not designed to obscure meaning or entertain too much ambiguity - they hit you like punches to the stomach. They are immediate, visceral and not easily digested. I am loathe to say Rupi has made poetry “accessible” because while this is the truth (Rupi’s poems and illustrations fit well into those famously square shaped Instagram frames), there is nothing easy or accessible about what Rupi chooses to talk about. In fact, the topics she chooses, are audacious. ••• Here is a 25-year-old girl saying the unsayable… to hundreds of thousands of people: that she has been raped, that at times she has been abused, that she bleeds. And sin of all sins… she actually likes the hair that grows on her body. Yes. She actually thinks it is beautiful. And that she is beautiful as God made her - what a transgression. That her body is her home and nobody else's. ••• Full letter on: www.goodreads.com/oursharedshelf
Repost: @thebritishblacklist ===================================== 16 black French actresses protested equality, racism & inclusion at Cannes film festival last Wednesday ===================================== To coincide with the launch of their book "Being Black is not my job" (Noire n'est pas mon metier) the protest was led by French actress Aissa Maiga. _ Wearing Balmain dresses designed by Balmain's mixed race designer #OlivierRousteing, the women denounced the racism they've endured whilst trying to work in the French film industry. _ Actress Nadege Beausson-Diagne, was once told, "You can't play her, she's a lawyer" / "Luckily you have fine features and you are not negroid, not too black..." / "for a black, you are really very intelligent. You should have been white." 😑==================================== #TBBscreen #cannes18 #Cannes2018#France #FrenchActresses #BlackWomen#BlackActress #Protest #Representstion#FilmIndustry #FranceZobda #AissaMaiga#SabinePakora #MaimounaGueye#RachelKhan #AssaSylla
This week is #mentalhealthawarenessweek. A time to reflect on how gender plays a huge role in determining our mental health. _ People of all genders can feel constrained by social norms and expectations based on their gender and sexuality, and these expectations impact on our life and sense of self. _ People of all genders should feel free to be sensitive, to be strong, to be powerful. Yet the societies we live in often send us prescribed messages about what our gender roles and emotions should look and feel like. _ This #mentalhealthawarenessweek, I hope we can celebrate the diversity of our emotional lives as unique individuals, as that's what makes us beautifully remarkable.
Yesterday, 82 women gathered on the steps of the @festivaldecannes to symbolize the number of women who have been featured in the festival’s competition over its 71-year history. I am proud to be part of this action with @5050x2020 #TIMESUP ••• Repost: @timesupnow ____ Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise,” Blanchett said, reading from a statement written by her and legendary director Agnes Varda, who delivered the speech in French. “As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination and our commitment to progress. We are writers, we are producers, we are directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents, and all of us are involved in the cinematic arts. And we stand today in solidarity with women of all industries. _ We expect our institutions to actively provide parity and transparency in their executive bodies and provide safe environments in which to work,” Blanchett continued. “We expect our governments to make sure that the laws of equal pay for equal work are upheld. We demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so that they can best reflect the world in which we actually live. A world that allows all of us in front and behind the camera, all of us, to thrive shoulder to shoulder with our male colleagues. _ The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all. Let’s climb.