Posts Tagged ‘Annie Lennox’

Vilele Dancing

When Vilele and his brothers lost both their mother and father to AIDS, they became what is commonly described as a “child headed household”. There are an estimated twelve million orphaned children like them living in Sub Saharan Africa.

Annie Lennox Blogging for Change

You know who I love? Annie Lennox. Her music, her politics, her malleability with image and sound, the whole package is an erudite, classy bundle of unafraid activism. Annie, who has long been a fierce advocate for women’s equality and the fight against AIDS, is so plugged in, recently doing a trip with Amnesty International that she recounts in her most recent blog post, pasted below. Her website, is a fun destination, and her charitable organization, SING (“A Voice for HIV/AIDS Women and Children”), is a perfect spot for your attention and support.

Annie’s Blog posting from last week:

There’s an unquestionable zeitgeist in the air, with a big capital “W” at the fore of it..

July 6th 2010

Just came back from a special event at Amnesty International, focusing on the plight of women in Congo. Had an earlier meet with various folks..The White Ribbon Alliance/ Women 4 Women, and Oxfam..trying to work out how we can create a broader and more effective profile and platform for the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day here in the UK.
There’s an unquestionable zeitgeist in the air, with a big capital “W” at the fore of it..Many western women are complacent..We inherited the benefits of an emancipation that we didn’t have to struggle for, therefore we took it for granted, and the message became skewed… even ridiculed, for all kinds of reasons.
The term “Feminism” is slightly abashed and cowering in a cupboard somewhere, engulfed by the heady aroma of the dying embers of burned bras, and unshaved armpits. Feminists don’t need to be “strident”, or “ball breakers”, or even “female” to qualify.  And here’s the deal.. ”Feminism“ has been alive and working for decades in every part of the globe, and at all kinds of levels all along. It’s just that the dots haven’t always been joined up… the separate manifestations haven’t always been connected as a whole.
We’re at a point where the light needs to shine on it again, so that we can acknowledge the force and power that we are “collectively” in order to become redefined and recognised for who we all are.. Now.
Watch this space.

What Are You Doing for Peace Day? 9/21

I know–there’s an “official” day for everything from hangnails to Public Broadcasting…and I’d never tell you how to prioritize…but you’ve got this weekend to get your plans made for Monday.

September 21…got plans? Then get cracking. It is the United Nations’ International Peace Day.

Peace Day—21 September—is a day of non-violence and ceasefire, a 24 hour-long platform for life-saving activities around the world. There are astounding events and inspiring actions going on across the globe. When all the energy that is put into violent conflict is, even if for only one day, freed up to be put into something productive–just imagine what can be accomplished. The movement has truly world-altering goals–like free school supplies for every child in the world–immunizations from killing disease available in every community…

Find a way to take action. Organize an activity, talk to your family and friends, put up a sign at the coffee house or library, fly a peace flag, make a connection, reach out, build bridges, and most importantly, solve conflicts. It can be small it can be enormous. Apologize to someone, fess up to something you’ve meant to, just find a way to smooth the way. Disempower conflict. There is no downside to finding peace within yourself and within your relationships…and within the world.