In 2009, Annie Lennox received the Nobel Woman of Peace Award at the 10th Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for her work on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, with a focus on women and children. Lennox was also awarded an OBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours in 2011 for her leadership on humanitarian issues. Her work has been recognized with doctorates and fellowships from the world’s leading academic institutions, as well as with the Livingstone Medal. In 2017, Annie became the first Female Chancellor for Glasgow Caledonian University.
On International Women’s Day in March 2019, Annie participated in a powerful panel hosted by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which included the Executive Director of CAMFED in Africa, Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED Patron Julia Gillard, and The Duchess of Sussex. The discussion covered a range of topics including the importance of men’s and boys’ support in the drive to establish gender equality, the role social media can play in the movement, and a strong, overarching emphasis on education. The panel aimed to shine a light on gender inequality and highlighted the importance of amplifying the voices of those furthest from power, creating an environment where all young people have the tools and recognition they need to succeed.
Annie Lennox shares our firm belief that the global fight for equality starts with girls’ education. The ‘Education Changes Everything’ Gala will bring a spotlight to the young women of Africa – on whose education and leadership potential the continent’s future depends – and honor Annie’s exceptional efforts to unlock this potential for every woman and girl.
Since our inception 25 years ago, CAMFED has supported the education of over 2.6 million girls across Africa. This inaugural gala will bring together celebrities, business leaders and philanthropists to celebrate a movement of young women transforming Africa and beyond. Currently, more than 120,000 graduates make up CAMFED’s rapidly growing alumnae network, CAMA. These inspiring women are mentoring, supporting and educating the next generation of girls, ensuring that they succeed in school, and access careers and leadership positions after school, improving the health and wealth of their communities and the world.
Find out more about the ‘Education Changes Everything’ Gala.