How not to love this amazing woman?! I first met @paris.lees last year and was struck by her passion for activism, her intelligence, her wit and her beauty. She has given me a book every time I've seen her, including the first time we met. ❤
Paris is co-founder of All About Trans (a project to positively change how the media understands and portrays trans people) and a supporter of @mermaidsgender .
Check out some of her brilliant writing here: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/paris-lees and here: www.vogue.co.uk/profile/paris-lees And she has a book out soon too!
I respect her work deeply so it’s an honour to have been interviewed by her for @britishvogue . Link to video interview in bio.
THANK YOU Paris!
Introducing Meg March! x @littlewomenmovie
He supported my dream of being in Vogue magazine in all sustainable + ethical fashion when it wasn't "cool" and, I was told, could never be considered "chic". ❤ He was such a kind man. I felt myself when he took my picture (this doesn't happen much). I felt beautiful as I was. Miss you already Peter. 🕉 @vogueaustralia @edwinamccann @therealpeterlindbergh
✨📣 Calling on all world leaders! The @G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council has a simple🥇first step for #genderequality : Ditch discriminatory laws and adopt laws that lift up girls and women. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step it 🆙 Take stock of your laws & policies. 🔎Apply a gender lens. 🎯 Put girls and women at the centre. 💰 Invest. Make change. #BeBraveG7 . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📝 We compiled a list of 79 laws that, if adopted, can move us toward a more gender equal world. ⚖️
Get inspiration here: http://bit.ly/GEACfrance ✨ #G7Biarritz ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m hopeful we’ll hear some concrete, bold commitments from @G7 states, especially @10DowningStreet 🇬🇧 at #G7Biarritz . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌎 One of the basic things we're asking states to do is ratify all relevant gender equality standards: http://bit.ly/GEACfrance 🌍 There are some incredible global treaties and conventions that set minimum standards for women's and girls’ rights 🥀 but some G7 states haven’t yet stepped up and made them a reality. #BeBraveG7 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💔🇬🇧 On a personal note, the fact that the UK has still not ratified the Istanbul Convention, despite signing it in 2012, is really disappointing to me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⚖️ For those who haven’t heard of it before, the Istanbul Convention is an agreement that makes governments responsible for combating violence against women and domestic violence. It’s focussed on preventing violence, protecting survivors and prosecuting accused offenders. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌹I’ll be proud to say my country is committed to preventing violence against women when the UK government ratifies the Istanbul Convention and fully complies with its requirements. Every week, two women in England and Wales are killed by their current or former partner. Violence against women and girls is one of the most serious human rights issues in the UK. To date, 34 states in the Council of Europe have ratified the Istanbul Convention. 📝❤️ Let’s not drag our feet on this any longer, @10DowningStreet ! Let’s be number 35!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✨📣 The @G7 #GenderEquality Advisory Council calls on all nations to:
✅ Ditch gender discriminatory laws
✅ Push progressives ones
✅ Invest in implementation & women’s orgs
✅ Measure, treasure and move from words to action. NOW. #BeBraveG7 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌱 Learn more about our recommendations to #G7Biarritz leaders: http://bit.ly/GEACfrance 🍃 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌹 “...and I do think that there are other ways that we could live and be. And beyond that, I think we deserve it, we have to demand it, we have to believe that it’s possible. We have to believe in that world, it can’t be a utopia.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I've put the entirety of my conversation with @drdenismukwege on my IGTV ❤️.