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Annie Lennox Launches Anti-Gender Based Violence Fundraiser

In an effort to ‘”fight against gender-based violence,” Annie Lennox has launched The Circle, a non-governmental organization.

The 67-year-old iconic musician is the fundraiser founder who will be fronting the Music Icons Auction with the likes of Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo and Billie Eilish as part of the Global 16 Days of Activism in an effort to support the charity’s work to “economically empower and end violence against women and girls.”

In a statement about her humanitarian initiative, Lennox said: “I have long believed that music can build bridges and bring people together and it is wonderful to see these phenomenal female artists stand side by side with women and girls around the world facing and fighting gender-based violence. Join The Circle and global feminists everywhere as we continue to push forward, protest, and take action to end violence against our sisters. Please get involved, bid and help us to support women and girls around the world.”

Items up for sale include signed and handwritten lyrics from the pop icons involved and will be available to the highest bidder as well as through sweepstake draws , which cost $10 to enter.

In support of the agenda Angelique Kidjo said: “I wanted to donate my lyrics to support the work of The Circle, because when we use our words, when we raise our voices, when we sing our songs of defiance and empowerment, we are refusing to be silent, and we are making change possible.”

The proceeds from the auction will help finance The Circle’s work throughout the world, from providing urgently needed help to women and girls who’ve suffered abuse and violence (such as counseling, access to safe accommodation, legal advice, education and coaching) to supporting the long-term changes needed to enable females to break free and move on from violence and fear.

The Circle’s Music Icons auction and prize draw will go live from 09:00 GMT on Monday, November 22 and will run thru Monday December 5 at 23:59 GMT, with all sweepstake entires closing 10 days later.

Full details of the items up for auction, and how to bid or enter the sweepstake can be found on

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Britt Berger