Celebrities around the world are marking International Women’s Day: “We still have a very long way to go”

"What we women want today - and every day- is fundamental equal rights, not congratulations or celebrations"

Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day, and celebrities across the world are taking to social media to mark the occasion.

Using the #InternationalWomensDay hashtag, figures from the music, film and television worlds and beyond are coming together to celebrate and demand further progress in gender equality.

Leading the messages, climate activist Greta Thunberg wrote: “Today is #InternationalWomensDay and we recognize that women are still far from equal to men in today’s societies. We still have a very long way to go.”

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“Those who will suffer the most from the climate- and environmental crisis are the ones who are already the most vulnerable, socially and financially. And that tends to be women living in the global south… We can not have climate justice without gender equality.

“And remember; what we women want today – and every day- is fundamental equal rights, not congratulations or celebrations.”

To celebrate this International Women’s Day, a giant portrait of Thunberg has been unveiled at a Primary School in West Yorkshire along with the tagline: “A girl inspiring the world.” See it below.

Taylor Swift has also marked the occasion by adding a host of female-only tracks to her Apple Music playlist.

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A number of celebrities including Olivia Colman and Little Mix are marking International Women’s Day 2020 by partnering with charity Refuge to promote the new National Domestic Abuse Helpline, changing their name on Twitter to the phone number: 0808 2000 247.

“It’s a number every woman should know, so please save it now,” they write on Twitter.

Paramore‘s Hayley Williams has also marked the occasion, sharing lyrics to a new song ‘Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris’, which will appear on her forthcoming debut solo album ‘Petals For Armor’. The song will feature Boygenius – the project of Lucy DacusPhoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.

“They are just 3 of the incredible women who i get to know and grow alongside in this life,” Williams wrote.

Others marking International Women’s Day include Rita Ora, who wrote: “For years I’ve questioned, is what I’m doing ok? Am I doing too much, am I too naked? who cares?? But I care! No I don’t, yes I do! The back and forth would kill me!

“I’ve worked so hard to be proud of my choices and sacrifices I make every day to be here and be who I am. I can only imagine decisions made by women, mothers, sisters, aunties, women CEOs, grandmothers, godmothers, godsisters, foster mothers, foster sisters, any role any women takes on in life!”

Yesterday (March 7), Lady Gaga shared a new curated all-female playlist ‘Women of Choice’, which begins with Gaga’s new single ‘Stupid Love’ and features RosaliaCharli XCXRina SawayamaGrimesHaim and more.

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