African su­per­stars team up with U2’s Bono in cam­paign to em­power women

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE - BY TOM ODULA AND CAE­LAINN HO­GAN

African stars joined U2 front­man Bono on Fri­day in a cam­paign to use mu­sic to help em­power women around the world.

Bono and top African male mu­si­cians D’banj, Diamond and Banky W an­nounced that they will be in­cluded in a remix of the song “Strong Girl,” a ral­ly­ing cry for women’s em­pow­er­ment which fea­tures top African fe­male tal­ent.

Bono, whose ONE ad­vo­cacy group is the cre­ative force be­hind the cam­paign for women’s em­pow­er­ment, said mu­sic can cre­ate aware­ness and help shift poli­cies be­cause politi­cians are driven by pop­u­lar things.

“Politi­cians in the end have to be elected, and what is pop­u­lar drives all of their de­ci­sions. It’s that sim­ple. So if the sub­ject is pop­u­lar among the elec­torate, then it sud­denly dawns on politi­cians that this is a sub­ject they, too, feel strongly about,” Bono told re­porters.

Sipho Moyo, Africa ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ONE, said the cam­paign hopes to cre­ate struc­tural and pol­icy changes glob­ally that will en­sure women are em­pow­ered. The ul­ti­mate goal is to erad­i­cate ex­treme poverty in 2030, Moyo said.

Moyo said next month’s U.N. meet­ing that will set the world’s de­vel­op­ment agenda for the next 15 years should fo­cus on boost­ing women’s ac­cess to health, eco- nomic em­pow­er­ment and po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion.

That agenda ad­dresses is­sues rang­ing from end­ing poverty “in all its forms ev­ery­where” to en­sur­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and af­ford­able and re­li­able energy. It will be adopted at a sum­mit just be­fore the an­nual meet­ing of world lead­ers at the Gen­eral Assem­bly in late Septem­ber.

AP

Ir­ish rock star Bono, sec­ond left, poses with African mu­sic stars af­ter a press con­fer­ence in La­gos, Nige­ria, Fri­day, Aug. 28.

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