These 9 Foundations Are Teaming Up to Empower Women in Honor of International Women's Day

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On International Women’s Day, March 8, we’ll celebrate the great strides that women have made throughout history, but one campaign is making sure we don’t forget how much further there is to go. The Kering Corporate Foundation, which combats violence against women, teamed up with eight other companies—Air France, Chanel, Elle, Orange, Raja-Danièle Marcovici, Sanofi Espoir, Sisley-D’Ornano, and Solidarity AccorHotels—to show the stories of 11 strong women who are shaping history today.

The result is its “We Are Women” campaign, a series of short films that highlight women’s rights issues from sexual assault to domestic violence and the incredible work that these foundations are doing to tackle them. In the first released film, Samantha, a 21-year-old American college student and sexual assault survivor, talks about her journey to recovery and how helping other women has helped to bring her there.

“There’s so much silence surrounding these issues that I think we just need to keep speaking louder and more about them,” she says in the video (below). One in three women worldwide is a victim of physical or sexual violence, the film states, but every woman will be empowered to do something about it after watching these women's stories.

Kering has just signed a three-year partnership with UN Women French National Committee to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and will support the United Nations HeForShe campaign to mark International Women's Day this Tuesday. Visit the website to learn more and watch all of the stories from this powerful series.

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