Annie Lennox Pushes for Global Feminism on Int’l Women’s Day

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Annie Lennox has a candy dream — that the world will embrace the time period international feminism and proceed to push for the development of ladies’s rights across the globe. The iconic singer and activist teamed with Apple Music to launch a video Thursday (March 7) in help of world feminism to coincide with International Women’s Day, which is Friday (March eight).

The almost two-minute clip options Lennox, Oscar-nominated actor Richard E. Grant and Grammy-winning singers Ed Sheeran, Mary J. Blige and Dua Lipa telling the story of ladies’s rights within the final 100 years. “My curiosity is that this time period ‘international feminism,’” Lennox mentioned. “It implies that everyone could be part of it. It isn’t saying, ‘I’m a feminist, it’s completely different than your feminism.’ No. It’s all a part of a really combined, numerous dialogue that may convey many individuals (collectively).”

“Feminism — we should use this phrase as a result of it means empowerment. People could be (and) should be empowered,” she mentioned. The Scottish singer mentioned although there’s been main progress for girls’s rights, way more must be finished.

“In western international locations, we’re much more resourced than individuals are usually talking within the so-called growing world,” she mentioned. “It isn’t proper that younger women can’t attend major college or can’t attend secondary college. If they’re dwelling in poverty, they’ll’t subsequently have the abilities that they want. They can’t turn into literate, they’ll’t learn or write, and subsequently they’ll’t have an opportunity to get out of this poverty.”

Lennox can be encouraging extra males to turn into international feminists: “We could be beneficiant and inclusive, and we will use this time period like an umbrella time period, the place folks stand collectively, shoulder-to-shoulder, they usually determine these details and say, ’This shouldn’t be proper. Men, girls can say, ‘This shouldn’t be proper.’”

“Also, we should change this factor about violence the place 1 in three girls have skilled bodily or sexual violence of their lifetime. If we don’t have dialogue with boys and males, we can’t change attitudes and behaviors, so we should convey boys and males into the world, into the platform for dialogue,” she added.

Lennox, 64, mentioned Sheeran was the primary to leap on board for the video, which additionally options cameos by Hozier, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, Yola, Ade Adepitan, Richa Chadha and extra. For International Women’s Day, Apple Music can be launching playlists curated by a number of the prime feminine acts in music, together with Cardi B, Pink, Halsey, Camila Cabello and extra.

Lennox is a Grammy and Oscar winner who has had main success as a member of the duo Eurythmics in addition to a solo act, with hits together with “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” ″Walking on Broken Glass,” ″No More I Love You’s” and “Here Comes the Rain Again.”

Lennox has pushed for equal rights all through her profession, and in 2008 she launched The Circle, a corporation that focuses on gaining equality for girls.

“I actually like grassroots actions as a result of I really feel the change may come from inside. Women like myself, I’m white. My pores and skin coloration is white. My social standing is — I come from privilege. I don’t come from a privileged background, however now my life is extraordinarily privileged. With that privilege, I’ve a voice and a platform. I’ve capacity to maneuver. I can contribute in some ways to elevating consciousness globally about these conditions and circumstances,” she mentioned.

Watch the video under.