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An Open Letter From Global Citizen + CHIME FOR CHANGE on International Women's Day

Brought to you by: CHIME FOR CHANGE

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

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Co-Founder, CHIME FOR CHANGE

Salma Hayek Pinault
Co-Founder, CHIME FOR CHANGE

Hafsat Abiola
Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy

Muna Abusulayman
Arab TV Icon, Philanthropist

Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Coldplay

Marco Bizzarri
President and CEO, Gucci

Lydia Cacho
Journalist, Human Rights Activist

David Carey
President, Hearst Magazines

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Academy Award-winning Filmmaker

Petra Collins
Artist

Minh Dang
Member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking

Juliet de Baubigny
Senior Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 

Hugh Evans
CEO, Global Citizen

Yasmeen Hassan
Global Executive Director, Equality Now

Arianna Huffington
Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

Hung Huang
Writer, Publisher

Katja Iversen
President and CEO, Women Deliver

Dakota Johnson
Actor

Musimbi Kanyoro
President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

John Legend
Artist and Founder, Show Me Campaign

Madonna
Artist and Founder, Raising Malawi

Alessandro Michele
Creative Director, Gucci

Pat Mitchell
President and CEO, Pat Mitchell Media, and Curator, TEDWomen

Hari Nef
Actor, Model

Mariane Pearl
Managing Editor, CHIME FOR CHANGE

François-Henri Pinault
Chairman and CEO, Kering

Freida Pinto
Actor, Humanitarian, Activist

Julia Roberts
Actor, Activist, Philanthropist

Jada Pinkett Smith
Actor, Advocate, and Founder, Don’t Sell Bodies 

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