I'm a big fan of Annie Lennox musically, as I grew up listening to the Eurythmics. Yet I'm equally a fan of her, especially for her voice beyond the music. She has become known globally for her philanthropic involvement and activism. She was recently given the title of International Goodwill Ambassador for the joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Additionally, she started her own campaign and organization related to this topic, called SING. It's a non-profit driven towards funding and awareness around HIV/AIDS. What originally struck Annie about this epidemic was that women make up almost two-thirds of the population affected in South Africa. About 16 million women over the age of 15 are living with HIV worldwide. These are the types of statistics that prompted her to also start advocating for women and girls, but ultimately equal rights in general. She's affiliated with many organizations beyond her own, like Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and the NOH8 Campaign. What I love most is that she's committed to these issues in a very hands-on, grassroots way. She speaks often at events and in interviews, she creates projects highlighting people that are affected and she personally visits specific areas in need.
I commend her for using her platform beyond herself. I really do believe that we're here for a unified purpose, and by helping others, we're essentially helping ourselves. We won't be at our fullest potential as humans until we start seeing and accepting this concept. Annie brings a strong sense of passion to both areas of her life!!! She provides a beautiful example of someone living their personal pursuits while also giving back. Lastly, I linked her website which offers a variety of things she's involved in, all good stuff! Hope you take a peek...
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Thoughts for next week: Likes + Links
Big Hugs - J