International Women's Day takes place on 8th March and is a day to reflect not only on the progress made for women but it is also a time to call for change. This year the universal theme is 'Press for progress' and we're doing just that by raising awareness that due to healthcare inequality, women with leprosy cannot access treatment, leaving them at greater risk of disabilities, unemployment, abandonment and mental health issues. 

Joanna Lumley, who is supporting our campaign says:


Gender inequality often prevents women in the developing world from seeking healthcare unaccompanied; this means that they suffer leprosy without any treatment for far longer than is necessary. 

It is a terrible and shameful situation: Lepra stands at the forefront of combatting outdated and cruel discrimination in the diagnosis and care of those women with this hateful disease. They have my full and steadfast support for their invaluable work


Turn tea into treatment

You can support women affected by leprosy - and help them receive the treatment they need by hosting a Life-changing tea. You can have a lovely time with friends and family, and the money you raise will help vulnerable women around the world

Sign up for your Life-changing tea pack today

Rukmini Rao, Chair of Lepra India explains the gender gap and how this affected women who have experienced leprosy in India.

Lives Changed

Kalpana was just 17 when she married her husband. When he found out she had leprosy he was angry and began beating her. Five years later, after being thrown out of her home along with her daughter, Lepra was able to help Kalpana get treatment.

Kalpana's story

Komola's husband also beat her and eventually abandoned her after finding out she had leprosy. She had to beg for food and money but her neighbours also turned their backs on her.

Komola's story

Rachna's family shunned her when she found out she had leprosy. Her family refused to tell anyone within the community for fear Rachna would become hated.

Rachna's story

How you can get involved

There are many ways for you to get involved, one of which is by hosting a life-changing tea. Find out how your tea-party could make a difference to women worldwide by clicking below. 

Host a life-changing tea

Get social!

You can also get involved on social media by joining our #VirtualLifeChangingTea. Simply post a selfie of you with your favourite mug with the hashtag #ShowYourMug and challenge your friends and family to do the same for women affected by leprosy. If you can make a donation too that would be tea-rrific!

If you donate just £3 you could send a female Community Champion to teach a woman how to care for her body and prevent disabilities caused by leprosy.

For other ways of getting involved check out our get involved page.