Helena Bonham Carter Marks International Women's Day with Call for More Female Leaders

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Helena Bonham Carter has voiced her support for an online campaign calling for more women in leadership roles.

She joins former Great British Baking Show host Sandi Toksvig, singer Annie Lennox, and lawyer-activist Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu in backing the "Stop Telling Half the Story" initiative by humanitarian nonprofit CARE International.

Ordinarily the organization marks International Women's Day on March 8 with the #March4Women through central London, but for obvious reasons this year's event is virtual only.

"If we want a fairer, more equal world – and I certainly do – then we need women to be represented in all their diversity at the decision-making table, in positions of power, in the public eye and in their communities," Bonham Carter said. “I’m proud to support #March4Women – nobody is marching in person this year but we can still demonstrate unity.”

The campaign has also been backed by prominent male allies including Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Michael Sheen, and Stephen Fry.

Women's rights activist Helen Pankhurst, great-grandaugher of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, added: "For too long, the world has been run by only half of humanity, with women kept at the margins. Covid-19 has highlighted the dangers of policies developed only with a male lens. Yet globally, we are also facing humanitarian and climate crises, with problems compounded each time it’s only men making the decisions. This March4Women campaign, we are demanding diversity of leadership, now."

Further information about the campaign is available here.