Every night on the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour, U2 will feature a powerful video in support of ONE’s Poverty is Sexist movement. The video is set to a chorus of voices singing the iconic song ‘Women of the World’
This moment will help provide a megaphone to the real heroes of the movement, the women who are on the frontlines working to break down the barriers holding women and girls back. Because none of us are equal, until all of us are equal.
Who are the women in your world taking over and changing the world for good? Use #womenoftheworldtakeover to tell us about the heroic women in your life.
Women of the world take over
‘Cause if you don’t the world will come to an end
And it won’t take long…
Wilhelmina defeated the odds of becoming a female entrepreneur in Liberia by starting her own pop-up shop that sold customized bags created by local makers and artists. Now, she’s empowering other women to build their own businesses and become successful entrepreneurs too!
Shaki is the manager and trainer of an inclusive, community-centred boxing gym in Kampala. She’s using her counselling background and passion for boxing to motivate local youths and empower them to find their potential!
Rhobi underwent FGM when she was young and is now a passionate advocate for gender equality. She is the founder of Safe House – a shelter where young girls receive protection from being cut – and runs vital programs to educate communities on the dangers of FGM.
When Dieynaba was a young girl, her mother didn’t believe women should paint, but she wouldn’t give up on her dream of becoming an artist. Now, Dieynaba is Senegal’s first female graffiti artist and she’s using her talent to push for social change.
Patricia found out she was HIV positive at 22 years old. Thanks to counselling Patricia came to realise she could still live a positive life and benefit others, so she became an HIV activist.
Sylvie manages a Rwandan shop that sells locally made wares and reinvests its income to support single mothers. Her idea to use the internet to advertise their products has boosted their revenue and the shop now supports 70+ women!
Dear World Leaders,
We’re putting you on notice.
For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 39,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.
There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty.
Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.
You have the power to deliver historic changes for women this year. From the G7 to the G20; from the African Union to your annual budgets; we will push you for commitments and hold you to account for them. And, if you deliver, we will be the first to champion your progress.
We won’t stop until there is justice for women and girls everywhere.
Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.