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Bono joins African stars in singing for women empowerment
01 September 2015

Lagos (AP): Irish rockstar and U2 frontman Bono on August 28 joined African singers as part of a campaign to empower women around the world through the medium of music. Along with the leading African male musicians D’banj, Diamond and Banky W, Bono announced that they will work on a remix of the song Strong Girl, a rallying cry for women’s empowerment, which features some of the best contemporary African female talent. Sipho Moyo, Africa Director of Bono’s ONE advocacy group which is the creative force behind the campaign for women’s empowerment, said the campaign hopes to create structural and policy changes globally that will ensure women are empowered. An upcoming meeting in the General Assembly of the United Nations will set the world’s development agenda for the next 15 years; and for Moyo, it is paramount that this meeting should focus on boosting women’s access to health, economic empowerment and political participation. According to Bono himself, music is a key way to shift policies and create popular and political awareness about women’s rights: “Politicians in the end have to be elected, and what is popular drives all of their decisions,” Bono said. “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.” 

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