Chime For Change: It's Possible
It’s Chime For Change
Natasha Wynarczyk went to the Chime for Change breakfast where she heard from Salma Hayek Pinault and John Legend and sat down for an exclusive chat with journalist Mariane Pearl
This morning we visited the Soho Hotel in London’s West End to attend a press conference and breakfast hosted by Chime for Change, who were announcing their upcoming global concert The Sound of Change Live, the first ever global concert for women’s empowerment.
Chime for Change is a campaign founded by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, Beyoncé and actress Salma Hayek Pinault. Focusing on the three pillars of education, health and justice, the campaign seeks to raise funds for projects to promote and empower women round the world. Giannini said now was ‘a significant moment in the history of girls’ and women’s empowerment’ and it is the ‘time for change’.
First we heard from Salma Hayek Pinault, who confirmed the concert would be taking place. She said: ‘There are no innocent bystanders in the information age.
‘Technology connects us as never before. But that means we also have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to do something about it. We can be defined not just by what we know, but by what we do, and that is the vision behind Chime For Change.’
Singer John Legend provides a male voice for Chime for Change. ‘All men should be feminists’, he said. ‘If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.’
Citing his mother, who home-schooled him and his siblings to give them a high-quality education, as an influence in his life, he stressed the importance of strong inspirational women. ‘We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.’
Then we were shown a screening of an inspirational documentary ‘Humaira: the Dream Catcher’, directed by award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. The film shows us the real life story of Humaira Bachal, a young women from Pakistan passionately fighting to give girls in her community the chance to get an education. Bachal has set up a school which educates over 1,200 children despite this being frowned upon by the men in her community, who she visits personally to tell them of the merits of a woman’s education.
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