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Omotola, Waje, Yemi Alade, Others Unite To Fight Poverty

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 1:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anthonia Soyingbe  – Lagos


An outstanding line-up of top women musicians from across Africa including Waje, Omotola and Yemi Alade have joined forces with ONE to create a brand new song entitled,  ‘Strong Girl’, a rally cry to empower girls and women everywhere.

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Nine artistes from seven African countries came together in South Africa recently to write and record the track. They were joined by Nollywood superstar actress and activist, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, who stars in the ‘Strong Girl’ video. The women are calling for action because poverty is sexist, and it won’t end unless world leaders act now to help girls and women reach their full potential. The track and video was released on May 13 along with a global day of action amplifying the songs message and recruiting thousands worldwide to the fight for justice.

This year, new global goals to end poverty will be set by world leaders. To be truly transformative, the goals must focus on the countries and the people that are worst off, and that includes girls and women. Evidence shows that investing in girls and women helps their families, communities and whole economies too.

On International Women’s Day, ONE published a policy report that revealed the scale of the gender gap in the world’s poorest countries, and how unlocking the potential of girls and women could transform lives. ONE’s call to action is already backed by more 36 of the world’s most powerful women, including Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Lady Gaga, Angelique Kidjo and other leading women from the worlds of business, arts, politics and activism. They have written an open letter to Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and African Union Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who both host crucial summits in the coming months that should set us on a path to agreeing Global Goals that put women’s empowerment at their heart.