Influencers standing up against gender violence

Emma Watson is not only a famous movie star, but also one of the UN Women main ambassadors for the HeForShe Campaign. (Video)

Stars like Emma Watson or Nicole Kidman have spoken out in favor of women

By Marta Freixanet

Influencers are increasingly present in our day to day: we look at how they dress, where they travel, what they eat and who they relate with. But there is something that still makes them more relevant: what they think about important issues in society.

As important as they are on social media, influencers are seen as a role models to follow by their fans, not only for the pictures they post, but for how they naturally deal with the issues that concern us all.

Gender violence is one of the most serious problems suffered by citizens and there are many influencers who try to help fight for this cause.

Stars, artists and models speak their minds

With over 46 million followers on Instagram, movie star Emma Watson  (@emmawatson) became world famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter saga.

Today, as UN Women’s Ambassador, she uses her popularity and mobilization skills to promote initiatives in favor of women’s empowerment, like in the HeForShe campaign.

 The American actress Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, is among the famous faces that defend the rights of women worldwide.

Markle has taken part in several campaigns against sexual harassment and abuse of women, like the #MeToo or Time’s Up movement, as well as criticizing the racism that continues to affect millions of people in the US. In 2015, Markle delivered a well-known speech in favor of feminism as a representative of UN Women.

Since the start of her career as an actress, Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman) has defended the empowerment of women by portraying characters of strong women like Virginia Woolf.

Besides promoting different projects as an ambassador for UN Women, she has also contributed to the Say NO – Unite to End Violence Against Women Initiative and has campaigned for governments to invest more resources to put an end to gender-based violence.

Jamelia (@officialjamelia) is an English-Jamaican origin singer. One of her biggest hits was ‘Thank You’, a song that tells the abuse she suffered by her ex-partner.

Her single talks about her inner strength to succeed in getting away from that relationship, rather than falling into rage and frustration.

With over half a million followers on Instagram, the Valencian Marta Lozano  (@martalozanop) led a movement against gender violence with the hashtag #martalozanoiswithyou.

The model and influencer made T-shirts that said “I’m with you, we are all together” for their followers to wear and share on their social media. All funds raised went to the Ana Bella Foundation, which helps abused women.

Influencers like Dulceida or the designer Juan Avellaneda took part in this initiative.

Information put together in collaboration with Facultat de Comunicació i Relacions Internacionals Blanquerna

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