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Lennox appointed UN ambassador in fight against AIDS

Scottish singer Annie Lennox has been named as the United Nations’ new ambassador in the fight against Aids.

The Eurythmics singer will work to raise the profile of women and girls affected by the HIV epidemic across the world, as part of the UNAIDS programme.

“The daily brutality faced by millions of women and girls is unacceptable,” she said.

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“If we are to end the cycle of human devastation triggered by the Aids epidemic, we must address the rights of women and girls and challenge their second-class citizen status.”

The campaigner, who has lent her support to causes as diverse as human rights and the regeneration of Aberdeen’s civic centre, will be in Washington DC next week for an international conference on Aids.

Appearing alongside UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe, she will participate in the Women Deliver 2010 conference and 2010 Global Business Coalition conference. Sidibe said: “I am sure with her incredible passion and presence she will raise awareness of the terrible toll HIV has taken on women and girls. She will make sure international, national and community leaders challenge the injustice of gender inequality.”

Lennox has previously backed the launch of a five-year UNAIDS action plan aimed at ending gender inequalities and human rights violations.

Women in some areas are particularly at risk from HIV because they are treated unfairly by some countries’ laws, and often do not have access to the same level of education or medical treatment as men.

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