Climbing the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival

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According to The Wrap, Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, Ava DuVernay, and a group of 82 of their peers plan to protest gender inequity in Hollywood at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night.

"We demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so they can best reflect the world in which we live", said Blanchett in a statement read out with the legendary 89-year-old French director Agnes Varda. The group reportedly plans to climb the steps of the Palais de Festival and hold a silent vigil, signifying how hard it is to climb the ladder of success as a woman in the industry. "Let's climb", it concluded.

The group, which also featured Kristen Stewart, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Salma Hayek, walked in silence along the red carpet before stopping halfway up the steps of the entrance to the Palais des Festivals, the conference centre which hosts the events.

In a year dominated by the #MeToo movement, the Cannes film festival is feeling the heat to address glaring gender imbalances in the competition for its top prize, the Palme d'Or.

In the Instagram snap she is wearing a cropped blue striped shirt over a black crop top, a black and white striped skirt with a thigh-high split and thigh-high black patent high-heeled boots.

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Producer and activist Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood hailed the event as a "massive milestone towards change" in the #MeToo era.

Salma has been a staunch advocate for the #Metoo and Time's up movement after speaking out about her experiences with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein previous year, alleging that he had put pressure on her to have sex with him.

Cannes was the scene of several of the Hollywood mogul's alleged attacks on actresses.

The number has already received "several calls" since the festival's launch on May 9, French Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa announced Saturday.

Mallika Sherawat has collaborated with Free A Girl India, an NGO fighting against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children in India has taken it upon herself to reach out globally by taking her mission all the way to Cannes.

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Blanchett has criticised Cannes for once again failing to invite more female directors.

Protesters include all of Cannes' female jury members, as well as USA filmmaker Patty Jenkins whose box office smash-hit "Wonder Woman" was praised past year for "breaking the genre mould" of superheroes.

"There are many women on the jury but I wish there were more in competition", the Australian-born star told French radio earlier this week.

Chastain caused a stir on Thursday when she revealed that she planned to make Hollywood's first big budget all-female blockbuster with a dream cast including Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard. She described the selection of her film for the competition as "political".

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