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UN Women to release theme song on International Women's Day

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:08 GMT
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By Lisa Anderson

NEW YORK (TrustLaw) - The first theme song ever commissioned and recorded for a United Nations organisation will be released on March 8 by UN Women for International Women’s Day.

“One Woman” features more than 20 celebrity artists from around the world, and is designed to be a global rallying cry for change to empower women and achieve gender equality, which is the core mission of UN Women.

Among the artists who contributed to the recording are Ana Bacalhau (Portugal); Angelique Kidjo (Benin); Anoushka Shankar (India); Bassekou Kouyate (Mali); Bebel Gilberto (Brazil); Beth Blatt (US); Brian Finnegan (Ireland); Buika (Spain); Charice (Philippines); Sherine Amr (Egypt); Debi Nova (Costa Rica); Emeline Michel (Haiti); Fahan Hassan (UK); Idan Raichel (Israel); Jane Zhang (China); Jim Diamond (UK); Keith Murrell (UK); Lance Ellington (UK); Marta Gomez (Colombia); Maria Friedman (UK); Meklit Hadero (Ethiopia); Rokia Traoré (Mali); Vanessa Quai (Vanuatu); Ximena Sariñana (Mexico) and Yuna (Malaysia).

The music for the song is by Graham Lyle, who wrote the Tina Turner hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” and British-Somali singer-songwriter Fahan Hassan.

The lyrics of the song were drawn from the stories of women who have worked with UN Women and demonstrated courage and determination to improve the situation of women in their countries, according to the organisation.

“One Woman” was first performed during the launch of UN Women at the UN General Assembly Hall on February 24, 2011. The new recording, sponsored by Microsoft, will be available for purchase online at iTunes and Amazon for $0.99, with all proceeds going to support UN Women programmes.

On March 8, a music video of the song will debut on the UN Women site.

Information about the song and videos chronicling its year-long production are available at

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