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.
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To celebrate today’s #internationalwomensday I’ll be curating @natgeo’s Instagram feed, selecting and sharing powerful images taken by National Geographic’s emerging female photographers around the world. Women photographers are often under-represented and under-celebrated, so I’m thrilled to mark this day by profiling the talented female story-tellers and image-makers that are working hard to build empathy across borders x #iwd2018 #timesup
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.
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Today is International Women’s Day! Join me and @unwomen in celebrating and recognizing the activists and women on whose shoulders we stand, and who inspire us with their stories, strength, and resiliency. Learn more about the #TimeIsNow for women’s rights, equality and justice at the link in my bio. #internationalwomensday #iwd2018
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.
Information put together in collaboration with Facultat de Comunicació i Relacions Internacionals Blanquerna