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Actresses from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ share tales of abuse from real women across the world

Actress Samira Wiley (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner)

The cast of The Handmaid’s Tale, the Emmy-winning Hulu show that portrays a dystopian world in which religious conservatives have forced women into sexual slavery, have teamed up with women’s right organization Equality Now to share the true stories of the abuses women suffer worldwide. The new campaign, which is called “Hope Lives in Every Name,” is intended to help raise awareness about the significant obstacles standing in the way of women’s empowerment — and to hopefully encourage people to help their own communities make a change themselves.

Reading in turns, actresses Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel shared the account of a young woman from Tanzania.

“I had a ceremony. I didn’t understand what it was, but I knew it hurt. After female genital mutilation they give you a new dress. The color cloth you wear goes from purple to red. My culture encouraged it. My government let it happen,” they read.

“My teacher got wind that I was pregnant and told me to leave school because I would infect my classmates with my bad character,” continued Samira Wiley and Joseph Fiennes, reading from the story of a girl from Sierra Leone.

Other members of the cast, such as Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer, and O-T Fagbenle, also shared other horrific stories of assault, trafficking, and violence endured by real women across the world — accounts which also included tales from women in Western countries such as the U.S. and the U.K.

Watch the full video below.

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