Annie Lennox is one of my favourite celebrity philanthropists and activists. I’ve been following her work since 1999 when she donated all the profits from her Eurythmics Peace Tour to Amnesty International and Greenpeace. It was the first time it registered that celebrities were doing this sort of stuff and, it was largely going unnoticed. (Teenage me constantly wondered why Britney or Christina’s latest love interest was worthy of front page celeb news, but this wasn’t.) Whether it’s leading a rally against the war in Gaza or raising awareness for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Annie Lennox always seems to be right there, front and centre. So, it’s no surprise she’s behind the hashtag #OneReasonWhyImAGlobalFeminist.
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Sharing a few words on the issue of the dire need of empowerment for girls and women globally, and why we need to turn rhetoric into action.. Abusive attitudes and behaviours must be changed. #OneReasonWhyImaGlobalFeminist! Calling all my Instagram followers!!! Take a moment to make a wave of solidarity with one large piece of paper, a felt tip pen, your reason written on the paper and a friend to take your picture! Post your picture on all your social media sites add the tag #OneReasonWhyImaGlobalFeminist !! ?????
Annie Lennox is urging her one million (plus) social media followers to stand in solidarity with billions of women and girls around the world, by posting one reason why they support global feminism.
“Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some of the hard facts affecting girls and women around the world today,” the Eurythmics singer explains in a Facebook post. “They are the reasons why I describe myself as a Global Feminist and they are facts that everyone needs to be aware of.”
And she couldn’t be more right. As we flick through our often vacuous social media feeds, it’s important to remember that there is a bigger picture, beyond our insta-lives:
Did you know 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced violence in their lifetime? That every year an estimated 15 million girls under 18 years old are married worldwide – with little or no say in the matter? That 62 million girls around the world today are denied an education? That in developing countries, 20,000 girls under 18 are giving birth every day? Just a few things I learned from Annie this week.
She continues to post new facts about violence, education, employment women’s empowerment and more. And her fans have been quick to jump on board too:
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If you’d like to stand in solidarity with women around the world, all you have to do is write down one reason why you’re a global feminist then post an image of you holding the reason, and add the hashtag #OneReasonWhyImAGlobalFeminist.