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Over 50 female celebrities have joined Charlize Theron in her goal of protecting women from Gender-based Violence during the global lockdown.

 

Los Angeles, United States (08 May 2020) – According to The United Nations Population Fund, six months of lockdowns could result in an additional 31 million cases of gender-based violence across the globe. The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), CARE, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) launched Together For Her last month to deploy funds, address the dire need for resources, and support the global response against domestic violence amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since announcing the Together For Her campaign on April 22, more than 50 female role models from across film and entertainment, sports, fashion, and business have pledged a financial gift and are standing in solidarity with women and girls around the world, who become even more vulnerable during times of crisis.

Women standing #TogetherForHer include:

  • Alexandra Daddario
  • Allison Janney
  • Alyssa Milano
  • America Ferrera, Actor, Director, Producer, Activist
  • Amy Schumer
  • Annie Lennox, Global Feminist, Activist and Founder of The Circle
  • Awkwafina
  • Bellamy Young, Actor and CARE Ambassador
  • Connie Britton, Actor and Activist
  • Courteney Cox, Actor and Producer
  • Claire Danes
  • Diane von Furstenberg, Entrepreneur
  • Gabby Williams, Professional Athlete
  • Iman, CARE Global Advocate
  • January Jones, Actor
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Judith Light
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Kimberly Steward, Founder & Principal of K Period Media
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Kristen Wiig, Actress, Writer, and Producer
  • Lauren Conrad and Hannah Taylor Skvarla, Founder of The Little Market
  • Lindsey Vonn, Olympian and Entrepreneur
  • Maria Grazia Chiuri
  • Mariska Hargitay, Founder and President, Joyful Heart Foundation
  • Megan Rapinoe, World Champion and Advocate for Equality
  • Melissa Benoist, Actor, Director, and Activist
  • Michelle Monaghan
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Natalie Portman
  • Octavia Spencer, Actor and Producer
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Patty Jenkins, Filmmaker
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Regina King
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Salma Hayek
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • Stacey Snider
  • Viola Davis

As the global spread of COVID-19 has forced people indoors, life has become increasingly dangerous for women experiencing gender-based violence, especially for the most marginalized, who already face increased risk violence.

Funds from Together for Her will support shelters, psycho-social support and counselling, helplines, crisis intervention, sexual and reproductive health services, community-based prevention and advocacy work to address gender-based violence, and additional resources for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Women in over 100 countries will be assisted through this initiative! Some of the famous women standing together have their own stories of facing gender-based violence so the cause is very close to their hearts!

“I am a child survivor of domestic violence. It is the last of the acceptable abuses. It thrives on silence and metastasizes into lifelong trauma that can’t be quantified. The abused have been physically, emotionally and financially incapacitated. As a result. They stay…. They are continually abused and in a lot of cases, killed. Providing funds to give them the means to get out and the emotional support to know they are worthy is everything. They are worthy of better, of real love.” – Viola Davis

“As a survivor myself, it makes me shudder imagining having to endure quarantine in a violent situation. Domestic violence was already a worldwide epidemic, but this pandemic is only exacerbating the issue in a terrifying way. We cannot ignore or forget the victims who need help and attention during this time.” – Melissa Benoist

Visit www.care.org/togetherforher to learn more about how you can get involved and stand Together For Her, including signing the petition to keep women Safe From the Start, tuning in to the Night of Solidarity on May 13 at 8 pm ET (02:00 am 14 May 2020 in South Africa) on Refinery29’s YouTube, and more.


Sources: CTAOP – Press Release
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