Jo Brand for Lepra On International Women's Day comedian, Jo Brand, is helping us to raise awareness of how disease can disproportionately affect women. As well as the stigma that can come as a result of having a disese like leprosy, Brand highlights that the isolation and prejudice could contribute to mental health issues. Read her full statement below: “It comes as a serious and painful realisation to be informed that leprosy is still a contractible disease and, as always, in the poorest parts of the world where treatment and rehabilitation are least available. And as always, for a woman to contract leprosy is to suffer the full impact of the condition- ostracision from their family, reduced access to treatment and inevitably much more likely to experience mental health issues as a result of this inequality and isolation. I am supporting Lepra with my sincere hopes the continuation of their campaign on International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8th March, to highlight the plight of females affected by leprosy will galvanise a response, and you can be a part of that too.” For more information ahead of International Women's Day, visit our get involved page.