Thursday, July 15, 2010

Annie Lennox Named UN International Goodwill Ambassador

Annie Lennox, renowned Scottish singer, songwriter and former member of the band Eurythmics, was recently appointed as an International Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. A women's activist, Lennox launched the SING campaign in October of 2007 to raise awareness and support for South African women and children affected by AIDS. She is a member of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), a grassroots organization working for the rights of people with HIV and AIDS living in South Africa, as well as an envoy for HIV and AIDS in her native Scotland.

As an International Goodwill Ambassador Lennox, a mother of two daughters, will focus on bringing attention to gender inequality, violence against women and stigmatization, and empowering women and girls to better protect themselves against HIV and AIDS. Lennox stressed that leadership is key in addressing these issues. She explained
, "I think when you have leadership that is prepared to tackle the issues, to work with civil society, to work with government and to work with the system… then you have a chance." In her new role as International Goodwill Ambassador, Lennox will be participating at the Women Deliver 2010 conference and the 2010 Global Business Coalition conference, both to be held in Washington, D.C. next week.

- Clara Hill

SOURCE: "Artist, activist and UN ambassador, Annie Lennox gives voice to women with HIV" - UN News