By Tim Saunders on
During her speech, Lennox described HIV/AIDS as a “huge pandemic that to be fair, to be honest, governments have not responded to effectively enough”.
She also hit out at the Catholic Church, saying: “Churches can do a tremendous amount, and I know they do, but then again they can do tremendous harm, because when the Pope goes to a country in Africa and tells them that they shouldn’t be using condoms when we know that HIV is a sexually transmitted disease, I don’t think that makes any sense at all.”
It is the fifth time the Festival has taken place, but the first time Lennox has spoken.
“I’m comfortably wealthy, white, educated – I’m one of the lucky ones. I have had good healthcare and my children have good healthcare. I want that for everybody, I want people to have fundamental access to the most basic things. Everybody can do something, I really believe that, that each of us have a sphere of influence, whether it be your friends, your family or workplace, or colleagues. I would really like it if the Scottish Parliament could use me in some way to be the Scottish representative for women and children and HIV.”
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