Eurythmics' Annie Lennox named UNAIDS ambassador
Eurythmics singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has been named Goodwill ambassador by the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS to speak out for women and children affected by the deadly pandemic, the agency said Wednesday.
"How can anyone not be moved by Annie Lennox and her voice?" said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe.
Lennox had launched her own campaign called "Sing" in October 2007 to raise awareness and support for women and children affected by AIDS in southern Africa.
She has also participated in UNAIDS programmes.
"The daily brutality faced by millions of women and girls is unacceptable," said Lennox.
"If we are to end the cycle of human devastation triggered by the AIDS epidemic, we must address the rights of women and girls and challenge their second class citizen status, which puts them at greater risk of HIV."
Almost 60 million people have been infected by HIV and 25 million people killed by causes related to the virus since the epidemic started, according to data published by UNAIDS in November 2009.
"I am sure with her incredible passion and presence, she will raise awareness of the terrible toll HIV has taken on women and girls,"
"With her amazing energy, she will make sure international, national and community leaders challenge the injustice of gender inequality," he added.
© 2010 AFP