The inaugural gala will bring together business leaders, celebrities and philanthropists to celebrate a movement of young women transforming the future of Africa and the world.
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), an international non-profit focused on girls’ education and women’s leadership, announced today that it will honor multiple award-winning singer-songwriters, social activist and philanthropist Annie Lennox, at the organization’s 25th anniversary and first ever “Education Changes Everything” Gala on May 9, 2019, in New York City.
Annie Lennox and the Campaign for Female Education share a firm belief that the global fight for equality starts with girls’ education. The “Education Changes Everything” Gala will bring a spotlight to the young women of Africa – on whose education and leadership potential the continent’s future depends – and honor Annie’s exceptional efforts to unlock this potential for every woman and girl.
One of the clarion voices in the women’s leadership movement today, Annie Lennox is a tireless advocate for ensuring women take their rightful, long overdue and critical place in the world. Lennox has received numerous accolades in recognition of her activism beginning in 2003, when she performed at the inaugural concert for Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS Foundation 46664, which became a pivotal point on her life’s course and was the first of many performances to advocate, raise awareness and fundraise for the issue. Her experiences in South Africa with 46664 and in Uganda with Comic Relief and Malawi with Oxfam, inspired her to develop the SING campaign, supporting women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. She has also served as a UNAIDS Ambassador.
In 2009, Annie Lennox received the Nobel Woman of Peace Award at the 10th Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for her work on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, with a focus on women and children. Lennox was also awarded an OBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours in 2011 for her leadership on humanitarian issues. Her work has been recognized with doctorates and fellowships from the world’s leading academic institutions, as well as with the Livingstone Medal. In 2017, Annie became the first Female Chancellor for Glasgow Caledonian University.
On International Women’s Day in March 2019, Annie participated in a powerful panel hosted by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which included the Executive Director of CAMFED in Africa, Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED Patron Julia Gillard, and The Duchess of Sussex. The discussion covered a range of topics including the importance of men’s and boys’ support in the drive to establish gender equality, the role social media can play in the movement, and a strong, overarching emphasis on education. The panel aimed to shine a light on gender inequality and highlighted the importance of amplifying the voices of those furthest from power, creating an environment where all young people have the tools and recognition they need to succeed.
For more information about the “Education Changes Everything” Gala, please visit camfed.org/nycgala/.