|ActionAid’s exclusive cover of I’m Every Woman now available as free download
||[Jul. 8th, 2009|12:45 pm]
A new version of Chaka Khan’s anthem ‘I’m Every Woman’ has been recorded exclusively for Action Aid. The track is available to download for free here and aims to raise awareness of women’s rights and the violence suffered by women around the world. |
It was inspired by ActionAid’s 6 Degrees Project, which focuses on the idea that everyone on the planet is connected to one another through just six people. The idea allowed Ivor Novello winning producer, Amanda Ghost, to think about how she was connected to Harjara Mukyala, a Ugandan single mother, whose story inspired the re-recording of the track.
Hajara is 20 years old and lives in a slum in Kampala, Uganda. After being raped at the age of 14, she became pregnant and was sent away by her parents. Before ActionAid’s work in her area, she had no other means of supporting herself and her child than through sex work. She is now being trained as a tailor and hopes to eventually leave prostitution.
Producer Amanda explained how this story moved her:
“When I found out that I was connected to Hajara I instantly thought, ‘I’m Every Woman.’ But I wanted to re-record it so that it’s darker and more melancholic.”
“Violence against women is a serious issue and takes away the already limited choices that women in poor countries have. I want that to click for people when they hear the track. I want people to be inspired, to get involved and do something.”
The original song has been given a soulful twist and features diverse vocals from an eclectic mix of female talent including Roisin Murphy, Sinead O’Connor, Micachu, thecocknbullkid and Alessi’s Ark.
In keeping with its focus on women’s rights, production of the track began on International Women’s Day and the song is being launched on the 100th anniversary of the first suffragette strike.
Kate Bishop, the women’s rights campaigner for ActionAid said:
“100 years on from the first suffragette hunger strike, women around the world continue to risk their lives in the ongoing fight for equality. We hope that the release of I’m Every Woman will raise awareness of the ongoing struggles women in poor countries face as they try to overcome extreme poverty.”
“No matter where we are in the world, we’re in it together. Show your support for women around the world fighting for an end to the violence and discrimination that keeps poor women poor. Download I’m Every Woman and share it with six friends.”