Last week Thursday saw the official launch of ONE. Campaign. The press launch which which took place at Terra Kulture in Victoria Island Lagos saw the pioneers of the campaign give statements and open session with the members of the Press.. Bono, Lead Singer of U2 who is the co-founder of the project, Dr Sipho Moyo ONE’s Africa Executive Director, Omotola, Waje,D’Banj, Selmor Mtukudzi,Diamond, Banky W all graced the event and statements from Cobhams Asuquo and Femi Kuti was given.
ONE is a campainging and advocacy organization of nearly 7 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa . Not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.
Bono, said ” The strong men here are backing singers, or at best amplification for the Strong Girl phenomenon. Something extraordinary is happening right under our nose. ONE is part of a social movement that is centred around a brand new conversation between bright and impatient hearts North and South of the equatorequator. ONE has more members in Africa now than in Europe.
Dr Sipho S. Moyo, said: ” The world is at a cross roads. We can choose the path of Justice and fairness by investing in girls and womesn, or we can let this golden opportunity slip through our fingers. When we leaders meet in New Yorknext month, they have the fateof the plane in thier hands. if they truly work for the good of all they must focus on boosting women’s access to health,economic empowerment, political participation and safety. Crucially it is up to African Leaders to show the way and make it happen.
Waje, Said: “When we sing together we sing loudly, and when we sing louder, our leaders will hear our song. Joining forces with men for a Strong Girl remix keeps our call alive.”
Omotola, said: “Women and girls everywhere are disadvantaged from the moment they are born. Who doesn’t their sisters, daughters, nieces to have the same chances in life as their brothers, sons and nephews? That’s why this Strong Girl remix is so important. Our message is loud and it’s impossible to ignore, i hope that our leaders are listening.”
D’banj, said: “We may be remixing Strong Girl but the message stays the same. Women and girls everywhere are held back, through lack of Education, and of economic opportunity. This stops them from achieving their fullest potential. It’s not right and we must change this.
Selmor Mtukudzi, said: ” Girls and women get raw deal, especially in the developing world and it is time for everyone – men, women, girls and boys-to raise their voices as one and demand better.
Diamond, said: “I know my music has a powerful impact, and it is an honour to know my music will help with such an important issue.”
Banky W, said: ” We need to better our women”.
Cobhams Asuquo, said: “I know that collaborations and remixes is a way to keep a beat going. Remixing Strong Girl will keep the beat of women’s empowerment alive- and it is essential we keep the tape playing on this.
Femi kuti, said: “Music has always been a force for justice and this remix shows that is still is. With men and women coming together to make music, we will get the world dancing in the name of women’s empowerment. Leaders must give women and girls priority and show they are listening to our tune.”