On March 6th, Sister Sledge will offer an exclusive glimpse of new music track ‘Women Are the Music of the World’ and lead the Walk in Her Shoes with Helen Pankhurst, Annie Lennox and Bianca Jagger in Honour of International Women’s Day.
Sister Sledge, famed for their award-winning, worldwide hits such as We are Family, Lost in Music and World, Rise and Shine, will delight fans with a special performance at Care International’s ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ charity fundraiser launch event on Sunday 6th March 2016 at The Scoop next to City Hall, London, ahead of International Women’s Day.
The Sisters will join influential female figures such as Annie Lennox, Bianca Jagger and Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who will lead the march ahead of International Women’s Day, which globally recognises the achievements of women as well as highlighting the issues facing them in society.
60 percent of the world’s working poor are women. More alarmingly, an uneducated girl faces a tough road as she is more likely to become a child bride, lose her life or her baby during child birth, suffer discrimination, abuse or exploitation.
The Walk In Her Shoes march launches CARE International’s Walk In Her Shoes fundraising campaign, which asks people to walk 10,000 steps a day for 1 week in March, in solidarity with women and girls in poor communities who make gruelling daily treks for water, at the expense of the opportunity to go to school, and do paid work. This daily trek cruelly limits the status of women in their homes, communities and societies.
The event will comprise of music, keynote speeches by Helen Pankhurst and Bianca Jagger, who will outline the proceedings and importance of the event as well as The Rt. Hon. Justine Greening UK Secretary of State for International Development. A panel and Q&A with guests will be hosted by The Daily Telegraph’s Woman Editor Emma Barnett, followed by a Comedy performance from Bridget Christie. Everyone will then assemble for the walk over Millennium Bridge and reconvene at The Scoop for Sister Sledge’s finale performance of their greatest hits. They will also preview their new track Women Are The Music of the World, (WAMOW) which will be released in April 2016.
Speaking about Sister Sledge’s participation, Helen Pankhurst, on behalf of CARE International said: “We are so excited that Sister Sledge will be playing at Walk In Her Shoes. What a fitting and uplifting way to end the occasion, with music that speaks of the values of solidarity and sisterhood, and that everyone knows and loves. The Sisters will be walking shoulder to shoulder with us on the walk before raising the roof with a fabulous musical finale. Join us one and all for this inspiring event!”
Speaking about the Walk In Her Shoes campaign, Joni, Debbie and Kim Sledge: said: “We are so excited to be part of CARE International’s Walk In Her Shoes event and to have the opportunity to support this campaign. CARE International’s Walk In Her Shoes is a fantastic way to raise money and awareness for women and girls in developing communities
who have to make long treks daily just to find water, this prevents them from going to school or being able to do paid work.
We are also really excited to have the chance to preview our new song Women Are The Music of the World (WAMOW) at the event in the UK. The song truly resonates with the message of Care International’s campaign that all women are strong and beautiful, and that music can truly unite people across the globe.
CARE International’s campaign really ties in with our ethos of “Nothing is Greater Than Love” as both draw on the strength of unity and love in order to empower women of every walk; from those who live in conflict zones, to our very own communities where ignorance, oppression and apathy has resulted in injustice, inequality and abuse.
We hope that through our work and music, we will be successful in touching and empowering the lives of people.
We welcome everyone to come and join us in walking as a gesture of solidarity with women from around the world.”
The march on Sunday 6th March is open to everyone and takes place at 10am at The Scoop next to City Hall, London. To sign up please visit careinternational.org