Beyonce, Madonna And Other Stars Write Open Letter For International Women’s Day

An array of celebrities have banded together to write an open letter to mark International Women’s Day 2017 during what the stars declare is “a critical moment in history” for women’s rights.

The letter, written on behalf of Global Citizen and Chime for Change — and signed by celebs including Madonna, Beyonce, Salma Hayek, John Legend, the members of Coldplay, Julia Roberts, Dakota Johnson, Jada Pinkett Smith and others — notes: “Recent legislation and rhetoric have put decades of progress for girls and women at risk.”

The letter continues:  “All over the world, women are on the frontlines fighting for our future. Yet millions of girls and women are still denied basic equal rights. And recent policies and appointments in the United States jeopardize its position as a global leader and positive role model on human rights. We stand together to say, in a voice louder than ever, that fighting for gender equality is the emergency and the opportunity of our time.”

The letter is also a call to action for those who support women’s rights. “This is about hearing a call — to join us wherever you are,” the letter reads. “About raising an alarm — drawing attention where there is work to be done. And about celebrating — those who are already showing us, against impossible odds, what is possible.”

Pointing out that there’s strength in numbers, the letter adds: “We believe that connection empowers us. That every voice matters. That each one of us is needed to achieve change. We believe we can do extraordinary things when we come together.”

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You can read the letter in its entirety below:

We have reached a critical moment in history. Recent legislation and rhetoric have put decades of progress for girls and women at risk.

In 2013, we joined with CHIME FOR CHANGE to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. Today, we find ourselves under threat of seeing a generation’s worth of hard-won gains reversed.

All over the world, women are on the frontlines fighting for our future. Yet millions of girls and women are still denied basic equal rights. And recent policies and appointments in the United States jeopardize its position as a global leader and positive role model on human rights.

We stand together to say, in a voice louder than ever, that fighting for gender equality is the emergency and the opportunity of our time.

With every generation, our story has spread wider, become more familiar. The voices telling it braver, more powerful. But our story is far from over.

This is about hearing a call – to join us wherever you are. About raising an alarm – drawing attention where there is work to be done. And about celebrating – those who are already showing us, against impossible odds, what is possible.

We believe that connection empowers us. That every voice matters. That each one of us is needed to achieve change. We believe we can do extraordinary things when we come together.

We fight for education. For health. For justice. For every girl. Every woman. Everywhere. We fight for our future. Because none of us can move forward if half of us are held back.

Join us, and take action for gender equality at globalcitizen.org/IWD2017

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