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**NOW CLOSED** Edinburgh Fringe and comedy lovers assemble!! 📣📣 Tag a friend in the comments who you’d like to take to Comic Relief LIVE at @edfringe on the 19th August for a chance to #WIN 2x tickets to the show! Hosted by @mrnishkumar, Comic Relief LIVE will see a line up of some of the most exciting comedy talent of 2019 🎭🎤 . Just some quick terms and conditions... - Travel and accommodation are not provided with the tickets. - UK residents only and you must be able to travel to Edinburgh for the show 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 - This giveaway is not associated with or supported by Instagram, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, @assemblyfest or any of our line-up of comedians. - This giveaway will end on Sunday 11th August at 23:59 and the winner will be announced on Monday 12th August. Winner will be contacted via Instagram DMs. - If the chosen winner is unable to attend the show, will will allocate the prize to a new winner. - Only tag 1 friend per post! Only 2 tickets are offered in this giveaway, so don’t tag your whole crew... . Best of luck! Get tagging! 🎫🎟

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Comic Relief LIVE at @edfringe is BACK for another year! This year, hosted by @mrnishkumar, will see a line up of some of the most exciting comedy talent of 2019. @assemblyfest, 19th August, 6:30pm 🎭🎤 For tickets, see link in bio...

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Elsie is a UN Refugee Agency worker for the UNHCR in Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda 🇷🇼 Here she breaks down some of the biggest challenges faced by refugees who are stuck in a state of limbo in these camps. . One of the biggest issues in the camps is the lack of opportunities for people to find work, earn incomes and build on their skillset. It prevents people from building any sort of livelihood for themselves and their families. And furthermore, without basic financial services like banks, people have no means of saving and keeping their money safe. 💳 . But @uncdf - a project funded by a Comic Relief and Jersey Overseas Aid partnership - is funding savings groups to improve the livelihood for people living in refugee camps that are managed by UNHCR.

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Speciose lives in Gihembe refugee camp, Rwanda. Being a single mother with four children to support, she often found it hard to provide for her family, especially given the camp’s limited opportunities for consistent employment. . But since she was encouraged to join a savings group within the camp, Speciose has been able to take out vital loans to help feed her children when she faces quiet periods of work. 🍅🥕🥔 . Funding from the @comicrelief & Jersey Overseas Aid partnership w/ @uncdf is supporting refugees to access basic financial services, some for the first time since being displaced from their home country. This funding will help set up more savings groups for women, like Speciose, and young people living in refugee camps across Rwanda 💳

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Here’s a quick breakdown of the kinds of ways we’re helping refugees right now, both around the world 🌍 and right here in the UK - remember to swipe! ➡️ For more info on how your money is making a real difference, hit the link in our bio.

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Today is #WorldRefugeeDay and we want you to meet Rachel, mother of three and entrepreneur. . Find out how Rachel took control of her future and set up the very first barber shop in Gihembe refugee camp, Rwanda 💈✂️ . Living in a refugee camp can be tough without basic amenities and infrastructure. But a @comicrelief & Jersey Overseas Aid partnership w/ @uncdf is seeing the introduction of basic financial services which are transforming the lives of people like Rachel 💳

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I mean, we hope you are! But it’s okay to feel down or in-between too. Don’t get overwhelmed by the pressure to be 100% all the time. An important reminder from the inspiring @recipesforselflove that’s it’s always okay to feel how you’re feeling 💙 #MentalHealthAwareness

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Here’s just a taste of what happened today when @romankemp took to Westfield in Stratford to help us create a big beautiful mural for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek in our fight against stigma and to start conversations around mental health. . Chatting to shoppers and you lot on Instagram as to how we can make space to look after our mental health, @_jonnyglover worked to turned these thoughts and tips in to a massive work of art! 🎨 . Check out our story now for more of the action 🙌

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Swipe for a surprise 🙈➡️ . But for real, an important reminder from wonderful illustrator @rubyetc_ this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 👏

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Abu loves football ⚽️ His grandad even played for the Sierra Leone national team. But despite his talent and love of it, Abu’s found it hard to focus on the sport because he suffers from random blackouts. On the pitch, at school, even walking down the street. Abu wakes up confused and unclear as to what’s happened. While frightening for Abu himself, this has also had wider implications on his mental state and his family life. It turns out that Abu has epilepsy, but with a lack of education on conditions such as this in their community, some people are scared by it and people like Abu can face a lot of stigma. Traditional healers suggested that his blackouts were as a result of being possessed by the devil and this fear even caused his parents to separate. But then Abu met a social worker from Conforti - an organisation that receives funds from Comic Relief. They operate in seven communities in Sierra Leone working to improve the understanding of mental illnesses and care for people battling stigma and discrimination based on mental health. . Abu now understands his blackouts are caused by epilepsy, nothing more, and a counsellor helps him to cope with his worries and to feel more confident. Conforti are helping his family to understand this too, and Abu now feels hopeful that he and his mum will be able to get their lives back on track.

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Matthew remembers the day that his brother Daniel took his own life; he was only 10 years old and his brother was 19. Shortly after Dan’s funeral, Matthew started @ifucareshare to get more men talking about mental health and to prevent suicide, and in 2011 it became a registered charity. If U Care Share recently joined forces with the Campaign Against Living Miserably ( @calmzone), who provide support to young men in crisis with funds raised by Comic Relief. But despite all of his hard work campaigning, even Matthew himself found it difficult to open up about how his brother’s death affected him, and found himself hiding his emotions and how he truly felt - “I hadn’t allowed myself to feel what I needed to feel”. . With over 70% of suicides in the UK being men, it is an ongoing effort for CALM, Matthew and other organisations to try to change the discussion around men’s mental health, combatting stigma and encouraging more men to recognise and talk about their problems. In October 2018, CALM and Matthew’s joint campaigning even helped lead the Prime Minister to appoint Jackie Doyle-Price as the first Minister for Suicide Prevention. If you want to talk to someone, please call any of the following services which are there to help: @samaritanscharity 📞 116 123 @calmzone 📞 0800 585858 @mindcharity 📞 0300 123 3393 (text line: 86463) @giveusashoutinsta 📱 85258 (text line)

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What’s the tea on mental health?! Well, global mental health is one of our core issues and we are committed to supporting organisations that are improving access to mental health support. But we also want to empower people to speak out about their mental health, free from stigma and discrimination, and shout out people who are also moving along these conversations - like artist @gemmacorrell who does so brilliantly and with a laugh. Who relates to these feelings of anxie-tea? Hit the link in our bio to find out more about how we’re tackling mental health. 💭

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Drumroll please! 🥁 We are pleased to announce the winners of the coveted, most highly anticipated NOSEY AWARDS of 2019!! You came together, you laughed, and this is our way of saying thank you. 🥇 . Winners are... . .🏆Gold Noser... Bob, you hero. Bob drove buses for 35 years and now offers rides rides around Sheffield in an old-timey bus and offers vintage printed tickets in exchange for a donation to charity! 🎫 . 🏆Emerging Noser... New to the fundraising scene, Mark challenged his boxing community to spar 50 x 2 min rounds against him. £1,000 and still counting! 🥊 . 🏆Party Noser... The guests of David's 68th birthday who joined in a whole itinerary of Red Nose Day themed games, snacks and fun! 🎉 . 🏆Champion Noser... The award for rallying the troops goes to Hanan and the York Dances for Comic Relief squad. Incredible effort bringing together all sorts of people for a Strictly-esque dance off! 💃 . 🏆Rising Star Noser... The Nosey award for all of the under-18s fundraisers around us goes to Fern and her 3-peak running challenge! What a trooper. 🏃‍♀️⛰️ . 🏆Bold Noser... For those who are going BIG with their fundraising, there's no-one quite like Team Wheelock who swam, cycled and walked a collective 1310 lengths, 116 miles and COUNTLESS repetitions on the bikes! 🚲🏊‍♀️🚶 . 🏆Grooviest Noser... Following the lead from @claudiawinkle and @tessdaly, Argyll and Bute Council win the Grooviest Noser award for their 24 hr Danceathon! 👯 ​ . 🏆Squad Noser... Best attempt of getting loads of red noses in one spot goes to One Ashford Hospital! 👨‍⚕️ . 🏆Dressiest Noser... Capel Manor College sites snapped up the award for the Dressiest Noser after their impressive animal onesie conga line caught the eye of our judges. 🐘🐯🦓🐒 . . Our judges have had their work cut out for them and this one has been TOUGH! 🧐 But thank you to absolutely everyone who danced, baked, painted, laughed, performed, drove, ran, swam and did all sorts of incredible things for #RedNoseDay2019 💕💕

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We’ve been meeting mums, midwives and community leaders in Tanzania to find out first-hand how TCDC – an organisation funded by Comic Relief and @GSK - is equipping them with important skills to fight malaria. Swipe through now to hear their stories ➡️ . Journalist Anna Whitehouse has been on the ground with us, helping to amplify these community voices - who are just some of the people who have been supported by the project so far, learning to seek treatment early, trust test results and take prescribed medication. . For example, more than 18,000 pregnant women and mothers are now attending antenatal care where they receive treatment to prevent malaria and, crucially, are able to recognise the signs of symptoms of malaria in young children. . But while this is incredible progress, malaria is still one of the world’s biggest killers, with a child under the age of five dying every two minutes. That’s why it’s more important than ever to come together, through partnerships like Comic Relief and @GSK, to continue the fight against malaria and make a difference in people’s lives.

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Now if only we could remember where we put that giant pen 🤔 @mcguinness.paddy

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This is MEGA. Today we launched our #RedNoseDay Facebook Fundraiser, a place for everyone to come together, donate to Comic Relief and help us to change lives 💙 . But what’s even better is that @facebook have pledged to match ALL donations made to Comic Relief via Facebook Fundraisers - whether ours or one of your own - on #RedNoseDay up to £1,000,000. ONE MILLION 🤩 Starting from 08:00 GMT on Friday 15 March. . So firm up your fundraising plans and head to facebook.com/comicrelief to join our Facebook Fundraiser or to set up your own, and let’s make a big difference on the big day.

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Did you hear the one about the postman that couldn’t tell good jokes? He was bad at delivery! . Today @royalmailofficial unveiled the UK’s first ‘laughing postbox’ in support of @comicrelief and #RedNoseDay 🔴 Upon delivering a piece of mail, the special postbox - located near BBC HQ, London - will tell you a joke by comedian @hcruttenden 🤣 . Not only that, @royalmailofficial will be launching a special #RedNoseDay postmark that will be stamped across all mail travelling the country in the run up to the big day, Friday 15 March ✉️

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🚨 #RedNoseDay ALERT 🚨 David Budd is reporting for duty. His mission: to protect the Red Nose. @maddenrichard returns in a one-off Bodyguard special airing exclusively on BBC One this #RedNoseDay, Friday 15th March.

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🚨 It’s an EXCLUSIVE 🚨 Here’s your first official glimpse of the original ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ cast, reunited for our one off special ‘One Red Nose Day and a Wedding’ - airing on BBC One during Red Nose Day, Friday 15th March. 🎊 And make sure you swipe on through ➡️ for a closer peek at Hugh, Andie and co 👀🔎

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Once again our brilliant friends @tkmaxx have come up with a glorious range of designs for #RedNoseDay - this time teaming up with the one and only @disney 🤩 . Featuring all your favourite Disney characters, the range also features a limited edition design by legendary artist Sir Peter Blake - worn here by the wonderful @kathbum - bringing Mickey Mouse and pop art together, exclusively for #RedNoseDay 🎨 . Available in stores and online from @tkmaxx and at comicrelief.com right now, the money raised from the Fairtrade certified t-shirts will help us to improve people’s lives around the world.

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Hoping to do her Mixers proud 💕 and defeat the mighty mountain @LittleMix sensation @leighannepinnock is preparing to face a challenge of, literally, epic proportions. #ReturnToKili 🏔

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Politician, author, ballroom extraordinaire 🕺 Will Ed Balls add hiking hero to his list of credentials after facing the 8 day trek and the mountain’s high altitude? #ReturnToKili 🏔

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She's no stranger to the great outdoors 🌳 reporting on the likes of Countryfile and @bbctheoneshow but @itsanitarani is set to face *all* the elements as she takes on this mighty challenge. #ReturnToKili 🏔

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He's used to facing early starts on @BBCbreakfast 🌙 but how will @mrdanwalker fare with the freezing temperatures and midnight trek to the summit? #ReturnToKili 🏔

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If you can’t be extra at Christmas, when can you? 🙄🌟 Tag a friend that’s this festive!

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How’s this for a #SafePlaceToBe story? 🏠 Meet Jackie. Imagine going to bed one night after an argument with your Mum and waking up in the morning to find the house empty. For 18 year old Jackie, this sadly became a chilling reality. With no money or food she soon ran out of gas and electricity and a week later was given notice that she had to move out. But thanks to Streetlife, a Comic Relief supported project in Blackpool, Jackie was able to avoid living on the streets. They run regular leadership groups to help young people develop skills, build confidence and encourage local, community-based volunteering. Jackie is now working full time, has moved in to her own flat and has almost completed her Duke of Edinburgh award which she took on through Streetlife. “They saved me really. Streetlife is really helping me get my life back” 💚

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Oh yes, it’s happening, Whamageddon be damned! 😍🎄☃️🎁❄️

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Looking for a meaningful way to help others this Christmas? Well, look no further than our friends at @helprefugeesuk who have returned with their #ChooseLove shop in London - and with another in New York! - Like us, Help Refugees firmly believe that everyone should have a #SafePlaceToBe and the Choose Love shop helps you to help others make this a reality. After browsing the shop - split in to three sections: Arrival, Shelter and Future - and making a purchase, one of their 80+ projects deliver an equivalent product straight to a refugee who really needs it. 🙏 - Items include immediate necessities like hygiene kits, nappies and food and - with winters being especially brutal in often freezing refugee camps - winter essentials like warm coats, gloves and sleeping bags. 🧤 But you can also help to support more long term, making purchases which go towards legal services, mental health support and school supplies. 📚 - So you help to turn someone’s life around and leave the shop with nothing but a warm, fuzzy glow - unless of course you fancy getting yourself one of their iconic Choose Love t-shirts. Plus if you can’t make it down to Carnaby Street, you can buy online at ‘choose.love’ - there’s really no excuse! 💚

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We are delighted to announce ✨SPECTACULAR✨ a life-changing night of comedy at The SSE Arena, Wembley. - A host of comedy giants are set to take to the stage: Alan Carr, Catherine Tate, John Bishop, Katherine Ryan, Sir Lenny Henry, Romesh Ranganathan, Jimmy Carr and Rob Beckett, plus more special guests to be announced... - With such an incredible line-up, and with all proceeds going towards helping change people’s lives both in the UK and around the world, we couldn’t be more excited! - On sale this Friday at 10am sharp (or via a special presale this Wednesday for our newsletter subscribers, so sign up now! Link in bio 👀)

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We are delighted to announce ✨SPECTACULAR✨ a life-changing night of comedy at The SSE Arena, Wembley. - A host of comedy giants are set to take to the stage: Alan Carr, Catherine Tate, John Bishop, Katherine Ryan, Sir Lenny Henry, Romesh Ranganathan, Jimmy Carr and Rob Beckett, plus more special guests to be announced... - With such an incredible line-up, and with all proceeds going towards helping change people’s lives both in the UK and around the world, we couldn’t be more excited! - On sale this Friday at 10am sharp (or via a special presale this Wednesday for our newsletter subscribers, so sign up now! Link in bio 👀)

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We are delighted to announce ✨SPECTACULAR✨ a life-changing night of comedy at The SSE Arena, Wembley. - A host of comedy giants are set to take to the stage: Alan Carr, Catherine Tate, John Bishop, Katherine Ryan, Sir Lenny Henry, Romesh Ranganathan, Jimmy Carr and Rob Beckett, plus more special guests to be announced... - With such an incredible line-up, and with all proceeds going towards helping change people’s lives both in the UK and around the world, we couldn’t be more excited! - On sale this Friday at 10am sharp (or via a special presale this Wednesday for our newsletter subscribers, so sign up now! Link in bio 👀)

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Today, December 1st, is #WorldAIDSDay and as part of our #ThinkPositive series with @niathelight and #MACAIDSFund, Nia visited @childrensradio in Cape Town. 🔈 - The foundation broadcasts a weekly one hour radio show live from a health clinic aiming to dispel myths around HIV and educate young people on the virus. 24 year old Speech, a youth reporter at the project, is passionate about the cause “there is a huge stigma in townships on HIV” he says, “people believe if you’re living with HIV you can’t have a life, but you can.” - Funded by Comic Relief and M•A•C AIDS Fund, the show reaches out to the younger community in a fun and engaging way, talking openly about HIV stigma and raising awareness of HIV prevention, treatment and safe sex. - Swipe through to see the project and check out our story for more from our #ThinkPositive series ❤️

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This is Nozi! 💕 As part of working with @mothers2mothers, Nozi recognises that connecting with the younger generation to talk about HIV stigma is imperative. "Most of our Mentor Mothers are above the age of adolescents and it becomes difficult for them to connect with the younger generation. Our Peer Mentors will be a similar age, and they’ll be HIV positive and negative so that all young people will be able to relate to them. - “We want them to let young people know that if they are on treatment, their lives are as normal as everyone else’s’ lives. And we’ll teach them that if they become pregnant young, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of their dreams – they still have future.” - As part of our #ThinkPositive for #WorldAIDSDay on the 1st December 2018, we teamed up with @niathelight to explore the stigma and misinformation around HIV and AIDS in both the UK and abroad, with a particular focus on raising awareness in young people. In 2018, an HIV positive diagnosis does not need to spell out the end to an individuals quality of life ✊♀️❤️

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With #WorldAIDSDay approaching, we’re excited to announce that we have partnered with @Niathelight and #MACAidsFund to examine some of the stories and stigma around what it means to have an HIV Positive diagnosis in 2018. - One of the most heavily stigmatised viruses in the world, an HIV Positive diagnosis doesn't need to spell out the end to an individual's quality of life. But often the misinformation and lack of education around the subject can be more damaging than the subject itself. Isn't it about time we debunked some myths and raised some awareness?! - Join Nia on her journey from the UK to South Africa as she meets individuals who are living with the diagnosis and those working to combat the stigma surrounding it. And remember, #ThinkPositive! ✊❤️

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As our month focusing on #GenderJustice draws to a close, our last (for now!) Woman Wednesday is celebrating the fantastic Jude Kelly CBE. - Founder of @wowglobal - a global movement producing festivals celebrating women and girls - Jude was also one of the most celebrated artistic directors at the @southbankcentre and is an incredibly influential woman in the international arts scene. 🎨 - On setting up the festival, she explained to The Guardian that despite always being a feminist, she’d realised the art she was curating was still in the majority created by men. She added “if the culture keeps on reiterating this idea that creativity is male, then it permeates absolutely everything else. And you have to do something. Saying you’re feminist is not enough.” - Find our more about Jude at the link in our bio!

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Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. With 1 in 3 women and girls experiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, it is one of today's most widespread and persistent violations of human rights. - Comic Relief's 'Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls' programme aims to combat this. Funded in partnership with @dcmsgovuk raising funds via the 'Tampon Tax' - the VAT charged on essential sanitary products - the programme specifically focuses on helping women and girls who are at a particular risk of experiencing violence and abuse. - This can include women with poor mental health, substance abuse problems or who are homeless, as well as women from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and LTBI communities and women who are older and/or disabled. We are pleased to be supporting 34 organisations across the UK via this programme and we are dedicated to continuing our efforts in preventing such abuse and supporting survivors. 💜

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Are we doing this right? 🦃 Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

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The answer was... no. This week for our Women Wednesdays for #GenderJustice we’re looking at suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh. - Dubbed a ‘spoilt Indian princess turned militant revolutionary’ Sophia was part of the spearheading movement that fought relentlessly between 1910-1918 to secure women in the UK the right to vote and stand for parliament. ✊🙏 She famously refused to pay taxes, stating that whilst women did not have the vote, they would not pay taxes. - You can read all about Sophia’s incredible story and follow our #GenderJustice month in the link in bio...

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“We now have a lobster emoji because people suffered ‘frustration and confusion’ at having to use a shrimp or crab emoji instead. Surely representation for the trans community is more important than a crustacean?” 🦞 - With emojis becoming our go to language online, representation within them has only gained importance - such as the additions of different skin colours or the new ginger haired icons. But author and activist @charlie_craggs is campaigning for recognition of the trans community, simply asking for a transgender flag. - Despite being the most requested emoji for the last two years, the trans flag has not yet been added, while others - like the lobster - have. So Charlie and her supporters are encouraging the use of the lobster as an unlikely trans symbol! - #clawsoutfortrans is dedicated to raising awareness of trans issues and highlighting how such a simple addition to the emoji language - which has everything from sushi to paperclips - would help to recognise a whole community. - So comment with a 🦞 to show your support and visit @charlie_craggs to find out more about the #clawsoutfortrans petition and events.

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It’s #TransAwarenessWeek 💙💖! Kicking off with some #GenderJustice inspiration from the fabulous actress and transgender advocate, @lavernecox 🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️✨

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We are absolutely delighted that the incredible @spicegirls are launching their #IWannabeASpiceGirl campaign in support of @comicrelief 💕🙌 - Proceeds of the t-shirts will go towards our work in #GenderJustice helping to champion equality for women and making sure their voices are heard. - With the World Bank estimating that funding to women’s rights organisations has fallen by more than half over the last 5 years, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you girls ✌️ - Visit the link in @spicegirls bio to get your t-shirt now, and swipe across for some throwback snaps of the girls with @comicrelief from back in 1997! ➡️

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“I am a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” - Gorgeous illustration by London based feminist artist @thisisaliceskinner depicting the words from Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’ poem is the perfect feel good pick-me-up for #genderjustice we need just before the weekend 💕✊ #poetry #feminism #feminist

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The stats are in! Here’s a glimpse at what we’ve achieved for Gender Justice since last Red Nose Day... 🔴 Swipe through! ➡️ - Our grants have helped over 20,000 women experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse and over 25,000 women at risk of sexual exploitation. Plus we’ve helped over 10,000 women and girls who are at risk of harmful practices like FGM. - We’re so grateful for your support and it’s humbling knowing how many many lives can be changed for the better thanks to your donations. 🙏 ❤️ - For more information on our work in Gender Justice, please see the link in bio 👆

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@redthreadyouth are a charity who aim to empower young people to live healthy, safe and happy lives. Part of their work takes place in hospital A&E departments and supports lots of young people like Zoe. #GenderJustice - Her story is one of many, and it is so inspiring to see a young woman begin to fulfil her potential with their help. Swipe through to read her story ➡️ - Photos for illustrative purposes and names have been changed to protect privacy.

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A spot of #genderjustice inspiration being delivered by one of the most important modernist 20th century authors: Virginia Woolf 📖

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Judges at the Comic Relief annual pumpkin carving competition be like... 🎃

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Roses are red Violets are blue We’re feeling a little romantic So swipe on through... 👀🍰 #comicrelief

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Well this has got Monday written all over it 🤦‍♀️ #smh

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Nurse Phyliss was able to set up her own clinic in Nairobi, Kenya as a result of the business mentorship training sessions and loan provided to her from @kcdf_ - a Comic Relief supported project which ‘supports communities in Kenya to drive their own development priorities’. 🇰🇪 - Now Phyliss is able to not only offer basic health services for the people of her local community, but also provide a source of livelihood for her family. #everydaycomicrelief