Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Victoria Kimani Joins Influencial Voices To End Poverty

Kenyan singer Victoria Kimani joined the world's most influential figures as they urged world leaders to act on promises to end extreme poverty faster by investing in girls and women.

Top among the influential figures who have added their voices to the campaign are Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, D’Banj, Melinda Gates, Femi Kuti, Charlize Theron, Yemi Alade, and Bono.

Other numerous influential figures including Selmor Mtukudzi, Vanessa Mdee, Amy Poehler, Danai Gurira, Angelique Kidjo, Shonda Rhimes, Jessie J, Colin Farrell and Robert Redford have also signed ONE’s open letter, which shows the incredible strength of feeling across the global community for leaders to step up for girls and women everywhere.

Naija pop star, D’banj, said it will be very pleasant if more girls had the chance to grow up to be empowered women, where all women went to school and were not forced into early marriages.

He said: “Extreme poverty is choking the potential of generations of young women in the developing world. Poverty is sexist. It hits girls and women harder than it does boys and men, creating a real urgency that world leaders must address. Women need to be better empowered, especially in areas such as agriculture and healthcare, so that they can contribute their best to the development of Nigeria. Women need better access to land, inputs, better maternal healthcare, among others. That’s why I’m raising my voice and asking others to do the same.”