Annie Lennox has just returned from an event for Amnesty International, focusing on the plight of women in the Congo, and has blogged about the experience.

“There’s an unquestionable zeitgeist in the air, with a big capital “W” at the fore of it," she wrote. "Many western women are complacent. We inherited the benefits of an emancipation that we didn’t have to struggle for, therefore we took it for granted, and the message became skewed… even ridiculed, for all kinds of reasons.

“The term “Feminism” is slightly abashed and cowering in a cupboard somewhere, engulfed by the heady aroma of the dying embers of burned bras, and unshaved armpits. Feminists don’t need to be “strident”, or" ball breakers", or even “female” to qualify. And here’s the deal – “Feminism” has been alive and working for decades in every part of the globe, and at all kinds of levels all along. It’s just that the dots haven’t always been joined up… the separate manifestations haven’t always been connected as a whole."

Prior to the event, Annie met with charities such as the White Ribbon Alliance, Women4Women and Oxfam to discuss creating a “broader and more effective profile and platform for the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day” in the UK.

“We’re at a point where the light needs to shine on it again, so that we can acknowledge the force and power that we are “collectively” in order to become redefined and recognised for who we all are. Now."

To read Annie’s full blog, visit her official website.

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