Over 20 musicians from across the world have joined forces with the United Nations to highlight the importance of empowering women through a song set to be release March 8th, International Women’s Day.
The song, “One Woman: A Song For UN Women” drew inspiration from the stories of women supported by the ‘UN Entity For Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women’ which was launched in 2011. The song was originally performed at the launch event in 2011 held at the General Assembly Hall. According to the agency, ‘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.’
Top artists from around the region including Angelique Kidjo from Benin; Bassekou Kouyate from Mali; Brazilian musician Bebel Gilberto; Charice from the Philippines; and Jane Zhang from China, all collaborated on the song. Graham Lyle from Scotland and British/Somalia singer-songwriter Fahan Hassan wrote the song.
Software Company, Microsoft, sponsored the song and music video production. All proceeds from online sales on iTunes and Amazon will go directly to ‘UN Women’ in support of its programs to empower women.