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Annie Lennox teams up with Apple Music for gender equality film

By | Published on Friday 8 March 2019

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox’s women’s rights charity The Circle has teamed up with Apple Music to launch a short film supporting gender equality, to coincide with International Women’s Day today. As well as a voiceover from Lennox, the film features figures from music, film, comedy and more, including Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Mary J Blige, Richard E Grant, Emelie Sandé, Hozier, Eddie Izzard and Paloma Faith.

“Disempowerment creates an appalling way of life for millions of women and girls around the world”, says Lennox. “While physical or sexual violence affects one in three women, and two thirds of the world’s 757 million adults who cannot read or write are women … these are only two on a long list of disparity and injustice. We cannot ignore the fact that feminism must have a global reach”.

She continues: “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”.

Confirming their support for the short film, Apple Music’s Global Head Of Editorial, Rachel Newman, adds: “Annie Lennox is not only one of the most prolific women in music, but one of the most dedicated and passionate women’s rights advocates of our time. Her efforts to better this world are truly inspiring and her impact is undeniable”.

Watch the film here: