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

Annie Lennox has a candy dream — that the world will embrace the time period international feminism and proceed to push for the development ladies’s rights across the globe. The iconic singer and activist teamed with Apple Music to launch a video Thursday (March 7) in assist international 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 ladies’s rights within the final 100 years. “My curiosity is that this time period ‘international feminism,’” Lennox mentioned. “It signifies that all people could be a half it. It isn’t saying, ‘I’m a feminist, it’s totally different than your feminism.’ No. It’s all half a really blended, numerous dialogue that can convey many individuals (collectively).”

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

“In western nations, we’re much more resourced than individuals are usually talking within the so-called growing world,” she mentioned. “It isn’t proper that younger ladies can’t attend major faculty or can’t attend secondary faculty. If they’re residing in poverty, they’ll’t due to this fact have the talents that they want. They can’t grow to be literate, they’ll’t learn or write, and due to this fact they’ll’t have an opportunity to get out this poverty.”

Lennox can be encouraging extra males to grow to be international feminists: “We might be beneficiant and inclusive, and we are able to use this time period like an umbrella time period, the place folks stand collectively, shoulder-to-shoulder, they usually determine these information and say, ’This just isn’t proper. Men, ladies can say, ‘This just isn’t proper.’”

“Also, we should change this factor about violence the place 1 in three ladies 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 some the highest 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 the duo Eurythmics in addition to a solo act, with hits together with “Sweet Dreams (Are Made 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 ladies.

“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 shade 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 skill to maneuver. I can contribute in some ways to elevating consciousness globally about these conditions and circumstances,” she mentioned.

Watch the video under.