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Beyoncé Calls For Gender Equality in Open Letter

OUT Magazine

"All over the world, women are on the frontlines fighting for our future."

In honor of International Women's Day yesterday, a group of celebrities penned a letter for Global Citizen and Chime for Change, highlighting a worldwide climate that's still largely oppressive to women. The group of artists, CEOs and humanitarians include names like Beyonce, Madonna, Hari Nef, Alessandro Michele, John Legend, Jada Pinkett Smith and Julia Roberts.

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"Today, we find ourselves under threat of seeing a generation's worth of hard-won gains reversed," the signees wrote. "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."

Global Citizen is an international group that aims to connect people and end global poverty by 2030, while Chime for Change--a Global Citizen affiliate--is the feminist organization co-founded by Beyonce with Gucci in 2013.

The star-studded letter closes with what the two organizations are fighting for: "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."

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