Celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Jo Brand and Alan Titchmarsh are backing our Women = Change appeal which launches midday Tuesday 28th November.

This campaign is part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge and it means that donations will be doubled if made between midday 28th November – midday 5th December at no extra cost at all.

The funds raised from this appeal will support women in Bangladesh, where gender inequality often prevents them from accessing healthcare.

See what our celebrity supporters have to say!

Joanna Lumley says:

Having spent time in Bangladesh and India, I have seen the poverty people are faced with. Access to basic healthcare can be difficult and many go without the vital treatments they need – for women, gender inequality often makes it even harder.

Community Champions are female outreach workers that provide a lifeline for women affected by leprosy. They play a vital part in ensuring they receive the diagnosis and treatment to which they are entitled. I am supporting Lepra’s “Women = Change” appeal in the sincerest hopes that many more women will be found and treated for leprosy.

Alan Titchmarsh says:

It’s horrifying to realise that millions of people across the world are still affected by leprosy, when in the UK, it’s an almost forgotten disease. I’m supporting Lepra to raise awareness that leprosy still exists and that so many people – especially women - experience barriers when seeking treatment, even though today leprosy is a curable disease.

Lepra’s “Women = Change” appeal will fund female Community Champions, who volunteer to visit communities and households to find and treat women and other marginalised groups living with undiagnosed leprosy, and in so doing change their lives.



Jo Brand says:

It’s a sad realisation that today, gender can still determine whether somebody is able to access medical treatment or not. Women, especially in the poorest parts of the world, face many barriers which prevent them from taking control of their own health and the consequences of delayed treatment can be awful.

I am supporting Lepra in the hope that the launch of their “Women = Change” campaign beginning 28th November raises vital awareness so that fewer women have to suffer with avoidable disabilities caused by leprosy.

Joseph Fiennes says: 

To hear that leprosy is curable, yet millions of people are still suffering from this disease across the world is terrible. In the developing world, healthcare knowledge and gender inequality are just some of barriers which prevent people from accessing treatment they are entitled to.

Lepra is a charity who works to break these barriers. Their “Women = Change” appeal will fund female Community Champions, who volunteer to visit communities and households to find and treat women and other marginalised groups living with undiagnosed leprosy.

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