21 November 2011
Oxfam Ambassador Annie Lennox visits a women's co-operative in Malawi
Scots singer-songwriter, activist and philanthropist Annie Lennox has been honoured by Glasgow Caledonian University for her international humanitarian efforts.
Scotland’s first International Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement was conferred on Ms Lennox for her actions to promote health and human rights for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
It was presented this evening (Friday 18 November 2011), by the University Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) annual awards dinner in the presence Nobel Laureate Mr Kofi Annan, former General Secretary of the United Nations.
Professor Gillies said: “We are delighted to pay tribute to Annie Lennox with Scotland’s first International Humanitarian Award.
“Ms Lennox is a Scot we are all hugely proud of, not just for her extraordinary talent for music and poetry but for her tireless actions to promote health and human rights for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Her remarkable record of activity in this field is a true inspiration and the University is delighted to recognise her in this way.”
Ms Lennox said: “Thank you so much for honouring me as the first recipient of this humanitarian award. The work that I do is dedicated to women and children struggling to survive with HIV/AIDS. They don’t often have a voice and it is to them I’d like to dedicate this beautiful award.”
For further information please contact Alison Arnot, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Glasgow Caledonian University 0141 331 8670/07795 052553
One of the finest and most outstanding musical voices of our time, singer, songwriter, campaigner and activist, Annie Lennox is celebrated as an innovator, an icon, and a symbol of enduring excellence. Annie’s music career is peerless with over 80 million record sales to date and winning countless awards, while her tireless charity work is widely praised receiving prestigious awards and honours.
In October 2007 Annie released her much-anticipated album, "Songs Of Mass Destruction" to critical acclaim. The album featured “SING” a new song featuring 23 or the world’s most acclaimed female superstars, invited by Annie to appear on the record to help draw attention to the HIV AIDS pandemic, especially focusing on the country of South Africa, where women and children are worst affected.
“After personally witnessing Nelson Mandela describing the African HIV AIDS pandemic as a genocide, with women and children being the frontline victims, I set out to try and do something.” – Annie Lennox.
Annie Lennox was first invited to Cape Town in 2003, to take part in the inaugural concert of Nelson Mandela's 46664 HIV campaign. It was there that she personally witnessed the plight of people struggling to cope with the situation - in clinics, orphanages, hospitals and townships.
Now approaching it’s 4th anniversary, the SING campaign continues to raise funds and awareness in order to contribute to support and change. The money raised through SING helps prevent the spread of HIV in South Africa in different ways, most importantly through treatment literacy programs at a direct grass roots level. SING has already reached out to thousands of people.
In addition to the ongoing SING campaign, Annie is an Ambassador for UNAIDS, Oxfam, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Campaign, Amnesty International, The British Red Cross, London as well as supporting numerous other organisations.
In September 2008 Annie Lennox hosted the launch of the Amnesty Arts Fund. The Amnesty Arts Fund brings together people who believe passionately in freedom of expression and projects that inspire creative activism around the world.
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The university has particular applied research strengths in the fields of health and the environment and is rated among the top 10 in the UK for its allied health research and in the top 20 in research in the built and natural environment.
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