22 February 2013

Africa: Musicians From Around the World Join Forces With UN to Highlight Women's Rights

More than 20 musicians from across the globe are joining forces with the United Nations to spotlight the importance of empowering women through a song that will be released on International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March.

The song, entitled "One Woman: A song for UN Women," was inspired by the stories of women supported by the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) since it began its work in 2011.

Initially performed during the launch event for UN Women in the General Assembly Hall in 2011, "One Woman" seeks to become a rallying cry that inspires listeners about the mission of UN Women and engages them to join in the drive for women's empowerment and gender equality, according to the agency.

The song, which was written by Graham Lyle from Scotland and British/Somali singer-songwriter Fahan Hassan, features renowned artists from all regions. They include: Angélique Kidjo from Benin; Bassekou Kouyate from Mali; Brazilian musician Bebel Gilberto; Charice from the Philippines; and Jane Zhang from China, among others.

While the song will be released and available for download on 8 March, behind-the-scenes video chronicling the song's year-long production is already available at UN Women's website.

The software company, Microsoft, has sponsored the song and music video production, and all proceeds from its online sales on iTunes and Amazon will go directly to UN Women in support of its programmes to empower women on the ground.

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