Annie Lennox, Apple Music and her NGO, The Circle, have formed a global initiative for International Women’s Day.
Together, they’ve created a short film advocating for a global feminism that is inclusive to all approaches to women’s equality.
The star-studded video features the likes of Dua Lipa, Mary J. Blige, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, Hozier, Emile Sande, Eddie Izzard and many more.
Each of these people hold a placard with statistics that show the issues facing women the world over. From 603 million women living in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime to two thirds of the 757 million adults worldwide who cannot read or write, being female.
“These are only two [statistics] in a long list of disparity and injustice”, Lennox argued in a statement regarding the film. “We cannot ignore the fact that feminism must have a global reach.”
“At a time when there seems to be so much polarity and division in the world, the term ‘global feminism’ offers an opportunity for people from every walk of life, colour of skin, gender or sexual orientation to understand and identify with the bigger global picture. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder in support of human rights, justice and equality for women and girls everywhere in the world, especially in countries where they are not even near the lowest rung of the ladder.”
The initiative called for men and women everywhere to post a picture on social media with their top reason for fighting gender inequality globally along with #OneReasonWhyImAGlobalFeminist.
The partnership also made a playlist for Apple Music called Global Feminism. Each of the stars featured within the short film chose their favourite song inspired by visionary women.
Annie Lennox has been a long-time supporter of a more universal feminism that recognises the different issues and problems faced by different women.
She received the Nobel Woman of Peace Award in 2009 for her work on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, focusing mainly on women and children. She has also received an OBE, doctorates, the Livingstone Medal and many other awards for her humanitarian work.
In 2008, she founded ‘The Circle’, an official charitable non-governmental organisation that aims to “inspire, support and amplify awareness of the issues experienced by some of the world’s most dis-empowered women and girls, in order to change and challenge the injustices they face.”
Furthermore, in 2014, Lennox argued on HuffPost Live that “[Feminism] is coming to a place where it needs to be inclusive. I think the LGBTQ community are a part of that movement and we’re all sort of connected in a particular level and it’s very exciting… I am so happy to see now that transgender women and men are able to come out of the shadows finally and say, ‘Look we’re here. Why do we need to pretend we don’t exist?'”
You can get involved with the initiative at thecircle.ngo.