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David Beckham leads the celebrity tributes on International Women’s Day

David Beckham lead the celebrity tributes on Monday morning as International Women’s Day kicked off with an empowering new message and another opportunity to celebrate with balloons, gifts and obligatory messages of support. 

Marked annually, the event is held to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while raising awareness regarding gender equality and parity across the globe. 

Recognising the most important females in his life, Beckham, 45, credited fashion designer wife Victoria, their daughter Harper and his devoted mother Sandra in a series of Instagram posts.  

 

Here we go: David Beckham lead the celebrity tributes on Monday morning as International Women's Day kicked off with an empowering new message and another opportunity to celebrate with balloons, gifts and obligatory messages of support

Here we go: David Beckham lead the celebrity tributes on Monday morning as International Women’s Day kicked off with an empowering new message and another opportunity to celebrate with balloons, gifts and obligatory messages of support

In the first, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England midfielder pictured himself Harper, nine, the youngest of his four children with Victoria, 46. 

Beckham also included separate images of his wife and daughter, alongside a fourth image of himself and mum Sandra attending an event. 

Captioning the images, he wrote: ‘I’ve been so lucky to have such incredible and strong women inspire me throughout my life. Today and everyday we celebrate all women around the world… Happy International Women’s day’ 

Especially for you: The former footballer shared a series of images, among them a shot of fashion designer wife Victoria

Especially for you: The former footballer shared a series of images, among them a shot of fashion designer wife Victoria 

Proud: Beckham's mother Sandra was also pictured at a showbiz event with her son in a throwback posted on Monday

Proud: Beckham’s mother Sandra was also pictured at a showbiz event with her son in a throwback posted on Monday 

Number one girl: The devoted father included more than one shot of his nine year old daughter as he celebrated International Women's Day

Number one girl: The devoted father included more than one shot of his nine year old daughter as he celebrated International Women’s Day

David and Victoria’s middle son Romeo, 18, also recognised the date by paying tribute to model girlfriend Mia Regan. 

The teenager followed his father’s lead by sharing throwbacks of himself and the pretty brunette, also 18, with the accompanying caption: ‘Happy international woman’s day to this incredible girl 🙂 I love u.’ 

With this year’s theme representing challenge in the fight against gender bias and inequality, presenter Davina McCall defied convention by crediting a man for his work on behalf of women’s rights.   

Especially for you: David and Victoria's middle son Romeo, 18, also recognised the date by paying tribute to model girlfriend Mia Regan

Especially for you: David and Victoria’s middle son Romeo, 18, also recognised the date by paying tribute to model girlfriend Mia Regan

Smitten: The teenager followed his father's lead by sharing throwbacks of himself and the pretty brunette

Smitten: The teenager followed his father’s lead by sharing throwbacks of himself and the pretty brunette

Sharing a short video on Monday morning, the 53-year old admitted close friend and fellow presenter Jonathan Ross was an advocate of women’s causes.  

She said: ‘Happy International Women’s Day. I actually want to shout out a man; I’m going to say thank you to Jonathan Ross. He’s a massive supporter of women and equal rights and he does it kind of quite quietly but he’s really brilliant. 

‘Thanks to the men that support us on our journey. I’m going to be fighting this year for women to get better help around the menopause. I think this is a great place of inequality because I think that if men went through the menopause they would not be having the hard time we have trying to get help with it.’ 

My girls: Victoria and Harper were pictured locked in an embrace in another picture shared by David to mark the occasion

My girls: Victoria and Harper were pictured locked in an embrace in another picture shared by David to mark the occasion 

Getting involved: With this year's theme representing challenge in the fight against gender bias and inequality, presenter Davina McCall defied convention by crediting a man for his work on behalf of women's rights

Passionate: Sharing a short video on Monday morning, the 53-year old admitted close friend and fellow presenter Jonathan Ross was an advocate of women's causes

Getting involved: With this year’s theme representing challenge in the fight against gender bias and inequality, presenter Davina McCall defied convention by crediting Jonathan Ross for his work on behalf of women’s rights

You can't spell hero without her: Calum Best shared his own tribute on International Women's Day

You can’t spell hero without her: Calum Best shared his own tribute on International Women’s Day 

Meanwhile Hollywood star Carey Mulligan referenced International Women’s Day after winning the best actress trophy at the 2021 Critics Choice Awards on Sunday evening.  

The British star, 35, participated in the remote event from her home in the United Kingdom and appeared initially quite overcome when her name was announced.

‘Oh, my goodness. Gosh. Thank you so much…. It’s very early in the morning here. I’m trying to gather my thoughts,’ she responded.

Mulligan then went on: ‘I’m aware that it is very early at the beginning of International Women’s Day today. I am so honored to be recognized amongst these incredible female performances.’ 

Delighted: Meanwhile Hollywood star Carey Mulligan referenced International Women's Day after winning the best actress trophy at the 2021 Critics Choice Awards on Sunday evening

Humbled: The British star, 35, participated in the remote event from her home in the United Kingdom and appeared initially quite overcome when her name was announced

Delighted: Meanwhile Hollywood star Carey Mulligan referenced International Women’s Day after winning the best actress trophy at the 2021 Critics Choice Awards on Sunday evening 

Special moment: 'I'm aware that it is very early at the beginning of International Women's Day today. I am so honored to be recognized amongst these incredible female performances,' she said

 Special moment: ‘I’m aware that it is very early at the beginning of International Women’s Day today. I am so honored to be recognized amongst these incredible female performances,’ she said 

Model Daisy Lowe, 32, referenced the day by sharing a snap of herself alongside designer mother Pearl Lowe and half-sister Betty, Peal’s daughter with Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey. 

Captioning the shot, she wrote: ‘Happy international women’s day… without women, there would be no humanity. My one of kind sisterhood, thank you for walking through this mad old journey we call life. 

‘Here’s to every womxn, all so beautiful, smart, courageous, vulnerable, tender, extraordinary & strong in all their own magical way.

‘May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.’   

For you: Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford paid tribute to mum Melanie, who raised him as a single parent

For you: Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford paid tribute to mum Melanie, who raised him as a single parent 

Standing together: Model Daisy Lowe shared an image of herself alongside mother Pearl Lowe and half-sister Betty Goffey

Standing together: Model Daisy Lowe shared an image of herself alongside mother Pearl Lowe and half-sister Betty Goffey

Marcus Rashford, 23, also ensured the day was recognised by sharing a shot of mum Melanie proudly holding his BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. 

Paying tribute to his mother, who raised him as a single parent, he wrote: ‘Happy International Women’s Day. Let’s champion. Let’s celebrate. Let’s uplift. We appreciate you!’

Australian model Lara Bingle – the wife of actor Sam Worthington – later revealed she was hosting a live Pilates session on behalf of the special day. 

The 33-year old announced the event on her Instagram Stories on Sunday, sharing a short clip showing her working out. 

She captioned it: ‘To celebrate International Women’s Day, I will be going live at 6.30am tomorrow for a workout with Fluidform Pilates.’

She added: ‘All proceeds go to the Warrior Woman Foundation. Join us before our kids wake up!’ 

WHY EQUALITY IS STILL FAR OFF 

 * Just 220 out of 650 seats in Parliament are held by women.

* An estimated 303,000 women worldwide die in childbirth or during pregnancy each year.

* On average, women earn 24 per cent less than men, the UN found. Equality will not be until 2059.

* One woman in three is a victim of sexual or physical violence.

* Only 48 women have been awarded Nobel Prizes – 822 men.

* Sex-selective abortions have led to 23 million fewer girls being born, mainly in China and India.

* One woman in four alive today was a child bride.

* Female genital mutilation is thought to affect 137,000 women and girls in the UK. 

 * Ninety per cent of the world’s population hold some prejudice against women, a UN study found last week.

 

This year’s theme ‘Choose to Challenge’ has racked up thousands of posts across social media, with many posting selfies on Instagram with one hand in the air alongside a detailed caption explaining the bias and inequalities they’re championing.

On Twitter, the hashtag has become a way of spreading awareness of protests taking place in over 40 countries – with people spotted in China and Russia arranging flowers, and women in Israel laying in mock coffins to represent those who’ve been killed as a result of domestic violence.

In 1909, a street protest by thousands of striking US textile workers inspired International Women’s Day. 

Last year, from the streets of Manila to the plazas of the Chilean capital, Santiago, people around the world marked International Women’s Day with calls to end exploitation and increase equality.

In London last year, the March4Women – hosted by Women’s Equality Party founder Sandi Toksvig – combined feminist and climate movements, with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in attendance. 

Up to 500 women took part in a sunrise swim at Portobello beach in Edinburgh for International Women’s Day, braving the cold waters to celebrate. 

In Australia, supporters wore purple to mark International Women’s Day during the Women’s T20 World Cup final match between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne. 

Members of the women’s movement FEMEN have staged a protest on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, calling for an end to patriarchy. 

Demonstrators from Extinction Rebellion have been protesting in London, arguing that the ‘climate is a women’s issue’. Thirty one women formed a topless chain on Waterloo Bridge in London, with the words ‘Climate Rape’ written on their bodies.

At the march in London musicians and actors including Emeli Sandé, who performed, and the Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson were in attendance, as were activists including Sandi Toksvig, Bianca Jagger and Helen Pankhurst.

Work it: Australian model Lara Bingle - the wife of actor Sam Worthington - later revealed she was hosting a live Pilates session on behalf of the special day

Work it: Australian model Lara Bingle – the wife of actor Sam Worthington – later revealed she was hosting a live Pilates session on behalf of the special day

Fit and healthy: The 33-year old announced the event on her Instagram Stories on Sunday, sharing a short clip showing her working out

Fit and healthy: The 33-year old announced the event on her Instagram Stories on Sunday, sharing a short clip showing her working out

The march aims to put the spotlight on the women battling climate crisis and call for action from world leaders.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan told The Guardian: ‘I’m proud to be marching alongside women and allies this International Women’s Day. The gender inequality we still see in our city, country and globally is unacceptable.

‘As Mayor, and as a proud feminist, I’m determined that no woman or girl should be disadvantaged just because of their gender and want London to lead the way in changing that.’

The march began at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Women of the World festival and continued over the river Thames before heading to Whitehall place then Parliament Square for music and a final rally.

Research by Nottingham University Business School shows that only 51 per cent of women feel comfortable negotiating higher pay, compared to 74 per cent of men.

Shockingly, the research also found that only 62 per cent of women workers feel they can state their value to their employer, in contrast with 82 per cent of men.


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