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Cara Delevingne Speaks Out About New Self-Defense Program To Help Women Combat Violence & Abuse

She’s one of the most successful models of recent years, and she’s also showcased her acting talents in leading Hollywood films, but another one of Cara Delevingne’s well-known passions is standing up for women’s rights.

The London-born beauty first became an outspoken voice for the feminist movement in 2014, even using her Chanel runway show at Paris Fashion Week as a chance to fight for equal rights.

She also slammed the modelling industry for their objectification of young girls, talking from her first-hand experience of not being able to say no to ‘revealing’ shoots.

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I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick. It’s horrible and it’s disgusting. [We’re talking about] young girls. You start when you are really young and you [are subject to]… not great stuff.”

And her strong interest in feminism is still apparent, as she’s now on-board with a new self-defense program that aims to help women fight for themselves.

Taking to Instagram today, Delevingne shared a snap of her and Dr. Ryhanna Dawood, the mastermind behind the new scheme.

She wrote,

[Woman Crush Wednesday]: One in three women are attacked or abused in their lifetime. Dr. Rhyanna Dawood aims to change that with her self-defense program, Martial Smarts. #DoYou #ComingSoon

Martial Smarts was formed in Toronto, and is a non-profit company that wants to teach women the skills and awareness they need to defend themselves.

Using techniques from the likes of karate and taekwondo, the program should leave women feeling confident as well as keeping them active.

Fans are loving Cara’s new venture, with one of her followers saying,

Both are so inspiring. #empowerwomen #womensrights #selfdefence

And the support for Ryhanna’s work is shining through.

This is a truly wonderful thing!! Well done, Dr. Dawood!

It’s clear Cara has always been passionate about making sure women receive the respect they deserve.

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Talking about her experience breaking into the acting industry, Cara once said,

I speak up and say ‘Girls don’t do that,’ or ‘That’s not something a girl would say in that situation’. Instead, it’s about how men perceive women and it’s not accurate, and it annoys me! I don’t think people speak up enough. It’s important that when girls watch movies they’ve got strong female role models.

She also explained,

Even if I’m wrong, even if I get shut down, I know that I’ve done my part to get a woman’s voice out there.