Woman of the week
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Woman of the week, Annie Lennox
International Woman's Day is only a few sleeps away, and to celebrate, Platform 51 will have a Woman of the Week every day this week! We have chosen Annie Lennox as our Woman of the day, because she is not only an extremely capable singer and songwriter, but a political activist and a campaigning philanthropist.
She is an artist who uses her musical abilities to raise awareness about social issues she (and we!) believes need tackling. She is wonderfully talented - has won 8 Brit Awards, 4 Grammy Awards, an MTV Music Award and in 2011 was awarded an OBE for her "tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes."
She has spoken at the House of Commons urging the British to support and provide help to those much much less fortunate in Africa, she established the SING Campaign, releasing the song Sing in 2007 - a collaboration of 24 female artists including Madonna and the Sugababes, of which the proceeds went to the HIV/AIDS organisation Treatment Action Campaign. A gay icon, a supporter of the democracy all over the world, a mouthpiece for hope, she was an obvious artist to be asked to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2007.
Last year, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, Annie Lennox brought together a new platform for a debate on gender equality, called EQUALS. This coalition is a partnership of national and international charities including Amnesty, Oxfam, Fawcett Society to name a few This year, Lennox will be hosting an evening filled with music on Friday 9th March in London, as part of the Southbank Centre's Woman of the World festival. Acts will include Katy B, Jess Mills and Emeli Sandé. As well as music, there will be special guest speakers to talk about the inequalities women still face today. This proves to be an amazing night and tickets can be bought here!
Not only has Annie Lennox sold over 80 million records world-wide, she has played an integral role in the restructuring of world politics and traditional, out-dated ways of thinking. It is thanks to campaigners with influence, like herself, that we can hope for changes in society and Platform 51 are extremely proud to be able to congratulate her today.
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