World renowned Scottish singer songwriter and women’s activist Annie Lennox has been named the International Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

With an award winning career spanning several decades, Lennox is one of the world’s most outstanding musical voices. Now, she renews her commitment to speak out for women and girls affected by the HIV epidemic.

“The daily brutality faced by millions of women and girls is unacceptable,” Lennox said.

“If we are to end the cycle of human devastation triggered by the AIDS epidemic, we must address the rights of women and girls and challenge their second class citizen status, which puts them at greater risk of HIV.”

Lennox is a dedicated activist and campaigner working for social justice with numerous organisations. In October 2007, she launched her own “SING” campaign, working to raise awareness and support for women and children affected by the AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa.

She has previously supported UNAIDS, participating in the launch of a five-year action plan aimed at ending gender inequalities and human rights violations.

“How can anyone not be moved by Annie Lennox and her voice? I am sure with her incredible passion and presence, she will raise awareness of the terrible toll HIV has taken on women and girls,” UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé said,

“With her amazing energy, she will make sure international, national and community leaders challenge the injustice of gender inequality.”

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