Wednesday 2 March 2011

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Beverly Knight for Get Lippy
To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on March 8th celebrated photographer Rankin and anti-poverty charity ActionAid have joined forces to highlight the inequalities faced by millions of women across the world. 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 and oppression.

Joanna Lumley for Get Lippy
International Women's Day is the time for millions of women to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements we have made in the last 100 years. Joanna Lumley, one of the 6 women in the campaign 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.'

You can have your say here

Here are some facts -

1. One in three women will experience violence at some point in their lives.

2. An estimated 5,000 women worldwide are murdered each year in what are referred to as ‘honour killings’.
Annie Mac for Get Lippy

3. At least three quarters of civilians killed in war are women and children.

4. In Afghanistan, 80 per cent of women experience domestic violence.

Kathy Burke for Get Lippy

5. More than 200,000 cases of rape have been documented in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

6. Nearly half of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls under 15.

7. Over two out of three people living in extreme poverty are women.

8. Women make up 70% - 80% of the world's poor, illiterate and refugee populations

9. Sexual and domestic violence persist, despite some major advances in legislation.

10. In many parts of the world women aren’t allowed to own property or keep money they earn.
Miranda Richardson for Get Lippy

11. More girls than boys are denied an education.

12. While we have some prominent women heads of state, men still have a monopoly on decision-making -- from village councils to national government and disaster response committees -- so policies tend to ignore women's needs.

So Get Lippy and have your say here xx

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