ANNIE LENNOX’S LEGACY

October 19, 2019 at 4:30 am

Singer and activist Annie Lennox believes in the power of education and its potential to change the world. Now, the diva wants to provide education for five million girls in the next five years.

Aired on July 2 & October 18, 2019.

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>> SHE'S A DIVA, A ROCK ICON AND
A PHILANTHROPIST.
ONE OF THE DEFINITIVE SINGING
VOICE OF OUR GENERATION, ANNIE
LENNOX HAS PROVIDED THE
SOUNDTRACK TO MANY OF OUR LIFE,
BUT THERE'S MUCH MORE TO THIS
MUSIC LEGEND AND SHE'S GIVING
BACK.
I RECENTLY HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH
UP WITH MISS LENNOX WHO WAS
HONORED AT THE CAMPAIGN FOR
FEMALE EDUCATION'S 25th
ANNIVERSARY GALA, AN
INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFIT FOCUSED
ON FEMALE EDUCATION AND
LEADERSHIP.
>> ANNIE, I'D LOVE TO WELCOME
YOU TO METROFOCUS.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF
THIS AMAZING GALA TO SPEAK WITH
US.
>> OH, MY GOODNESS.
IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO SPEAK TO
YOU.
NO WORRIES ABOUT THE TIME.
>> YOU'RE BEING HONORED AT CAMP
FED FOR THE ADVOCACY WORK YOU'VE
BEEN DOING THROUGHOUT YOUR
CAREER.
WHAT WAS IT THAT BROUGHT YOU TO
ADVOCATING FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG
GIRLS.
>> I THINK IT REALLY STARTED
WHEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO
TO COUNTRIES AND TO VISIT
PROJECTS THAT WERE INITIATED BY
ORGANIZATIONS LIKE OXFAM, COMIC
RELIEF AND WITH NELSON MANDELA'S
4886 FOUNDATION BECAUSE IT TOOK
ME TO MALAWI AND PARTS OF
SOUTHERN AFRICA WHERE I SAW AND
UNDERSTOOD THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN LIFE OF SO-CALLED
WESTERN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND
POORER COUNTRIES WHERE GIRLS
DON'T EVEN GET THE OPPORTUNITY
TO BE ON THE BOTTOMMOST WRUNG OF
THE LADDER IN TERMS OF PERSONAL
EMPOWERMENT, SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT,
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT.
I SAW A VERY DIFFERENT WAY OF
LIFE FOR GIRLS.
I SAW GIRLS WHO WOULD BE
PREGNANT AT THE AGE OF 12, 11 OR
12.
>> OH, MY GOODNESS.
>> AND HAVING REPRODUCTION GOING
ON FOR MOST OF THEIR TEENAGE
YEARS, AND NO OTHER
OPPORTUNITIES.
I START TO UNDERSTAND THE
DISEMPOWERMENT, AND IT WAS A
THEME, AND I WAS SO AFFECTED
BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I JUST FEEL
THAT AS THE SUFFRAGETTE MOVEMENT
WAS ESTABLISHED SO MANY YEARS
AGO THAT WE HAVE WORK TO DO AS
WOMEN.
>> AFTER HAVING YOUR EYES OPENED
TO ACTUALLY SEEING SOME OF THE
PLIGHT OF YOUNG WOMEN AROUND THE
WORLD YOU ACTUALLY CAME BACK AND
STARTED YOUR OWN ORGANIZATION,
CORRECT?
>> WE BECAME A CHARITABLE
ORGANIZATION THREE YEARS AGO.
SO WE ARE A SMALL ORGANIZATION
AND WE ARE VERY ASPIREANT.
WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE MONEY IN
THE BANK, WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE
WELL KNOWN OR NOT, EACH ONE OF
US CAN BE AN INFLUENCER IN THE
WORLD AROUND US, AMONG OUR
FRIENDS, OUR COMMUNITY, THE
PEOPLE THAT WE WORK WITH.
IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR MINDSET,
AND IF YOU HAVE THE SENSE OF
WHAT IT IS LIKE FOR WOMEN AND
GIRLS AROUND THE GLOBE.
YOU SEE SOME OF THE FACTS AND
THEN YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT
FEMINISM IS REALLY ABOUT ON A
GLOBAL SCALE.
THE POINT THAT YOU JUST MADE IS
EACH ONE OF US CAN BE AN
INFLUENCER AND WE LIVE IN THIS
CULTURE RIGHT NOW THAT THANKS TO
SOCIAL MEDIA, SO MANY OF US CAN
BE SO FOCUSED ON HOW IT IS THAT
WE CAN GET PER LIKES OR HOW IT
IS THAT WE CAN GET SO POPULAR
AND IT'S HARD TO HARNESS THAT
FOR A POLICY.
>> IT'S MUCH MORE CHALLENGING.
I'M ON INSTAGRAM.
IT'S NOT WITH THE SOCIAL
CONNECTION AND IT'S JUST I LIKE
TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS, AND I LOVE
IMAGERY AND THEN I POST
SOMETHING AND MAYBE
OCCASIONALLY, I'LL DROP
SOMETHING IN ABOUT GLOBAL
FEMINISM, ABOUT SOME INJUSTICE
AND ABOUT RAISING AWARENESS AND
POVERTY, FOR EXAMPLE, WHATEVER
IT IS.
I HAVE A SMALL PLATFORM THERE.
IT'S RELATIVELY SMALL.
IF I WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT A
BEAUTIFUL FLOWER, THERE WILL BE
20,000 LIKES, LET'S SAY.
>> OKAY.
>> IF I WRITE ANYTHING ABOUT
SOCIAL JUSTICE IT DROPS DOWN TO
ABOUT 2,000, AND I FIND THAT
VERY INTERESTING.
IT'S AS IF PEOPLE ACTUALLY DON'T
REALLY LIKE TO BE AS AWARE AS I
DO ABOUT WHAT I'M PASSIONATE
ABOUT.
>> I NOTICE THAT SOMETIMES
PEOPLE CAN ALMOST FEEL AWARENESS
WITH YOU OR SOMETHING.
SOMETIMES THESE PROBLEM IS
DAUNTING AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT
TO DO.
I UNDERSTAND YOU STEPPED AWAY
FOR A THE WHILE TO FOCUS ON YOUR
FAMILY.
HOW INTEGRATED IS THAT INTO THE
WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING NOW?
>> BECOMING A MOTHER WAS A
LIFE-CHANGING AND IS A
LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR ANY
WOMAN.
IT'S A TIME WHEN YOU ACTUALLY
REALIZE IN A PROFOUND WAY THAT
THE WORLD DOES NOT SPIN AROUND
YOU, THAT IT NOW MUST REALLY
REVOLVE AROUND A VERY, VERY
VULNERABLE, YOUNG BABY THAT YOU
ARE COMPLETELY RESPONSIBLE FOR
IN EVERY SINGLE WAY AND THEN IT
IS SO HUMANIZING, IT'S SUCH AN
EQUALIZER BECAUSE THEN YOU GO
FOR A WALK IN THE PARK AND
YOU'RE PUSHING YOUR BABY IN THE
STROLLER AND YOU SEE ALL BEHM IN
DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES AND ON I
ASK YOU THE SAME THING.
WHY HERE TONIGHT?
>> WELL, THEY'RE HAVING THE OK
OCCASION OF THEIR 25th
ANNIVERSARY AND ONE NGO STARTS
WITH ONE ASPIREANT PERSON AND TO
THINK THIS ONE PERSON BEGAN THIS
ORGANIZATION IT HAS CONTINUED
FOR 25 YEARS AND NOW THERE ARE
THOUSANDS OF GIRLS IN AFRICA
THAT ARE CHAMPIONS AND LEADERS
IN THEIR FIELD BECAUSE THEY
RECEIVED AN EDUCATION THAT ARE
GOING TO NOW LIKE LITTLE SEED,
MULTIPLY.
THERE IS A HUGE, HUGE CHALLENGE,
A LACK OF EDUCATION AND
EDUCATION IS THE KEY, FOR ANY
KIND OF IMPROVEMENT AND ANY KIND
OF DEVELOPMENT, WOMEN ARE THE
KEY.
GIRLS ARE THE KEY.
THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE FUNDAMENTAL.
SO THE FACT THAT CAMP FED IS
HERE, CELEBRATING 25 YEARS AND
CELEBRATING ALL THEIR
ACHIEVEMENTS AND GOING FORWARD
INTO THE FUTURE WHERE THEY'RE
HOPING TO ACTUALLY REACH 5
MILLION GIRLS OVER THE NEXT FIVE
YEARS.
>> OH, MY GOD, THAT'S AMAZING.
>> THAT IS THE GOAL.
AND THOSE GIRLS WILL MULTIPLY,
THEY WILL SUPPORT MAYBE THREE
GIRLS TO EACH ONE.
SO IN THIS WAY, YOU CAN SEE IT
SPREAD.
WHAT I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT IS
THE FUTURE GENERATION OF YOUNG
WOMEN COMING UP.
I THINK YOU WILL SEE VERY
ARTICULATE, EMPOWERED, YOUNG,
AFRICAN WOMEN REPRESENTING THEIR
COMMUNITIES, THEIR COUNTRY AND
THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO SEE.
>> THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE PERFECT
KIND OF ORGANIZATION THAT FITS
IN WITH YOUR PAGS THAT YOU'VE
BEEN SHARING SO ELOQUENTLY.
LISTEN, ANNIE.
I THANK YOU FOR SITTING DOWN
WITH US AND I HAVE BEEN A FAN
FOR SO ROM, BUT UPONING YOU
ITTIC MAKES YOU EVEN MORE OF A
DIVA IN MY EYES.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I HOPE I'M NOT TOO MUCH OF A
DIVA.
>> THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
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