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Link TV in Collaboration with UNDPI, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women Presents Television Premiere of the UN Concert Event
"Raise Your Voice to End Female Genital
Mutilation" with Grammy Award® Winner and UNICEF Ambassador, Angélique
San Francisco, Calif. - April 15, 2014 - Link
TV, the national satellite
television network and global content provider, in
cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI), UN Population
Fund (UNFPA), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Women, presents
the television premiere of the United Nations concert event, RAISE YOUR VOICE
TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, with Grammy Award® winning artist and UNICEF
Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo. The inspiring musical event premieres on
Link TV (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) on Friday, April 25 at 8
p.m. ET/PT. The 25th of every month has
been proclaimed Orange Day by the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence
against Women campaign, a monthly moment to highlight and take action against
violence against women and girls.
mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of
the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for
non-medical reasons. It is recognized internationally as a violation of the
rights of girls and women. Every year, more than
three million girls and women - some 8,000 girls worldwide each day - are at
risk of being subjected to FGM. An
estimated 125-140 million girls and women alive today have undergone such
mutilation so far. Through the power of music, Grammy Award® winning, West African
singer and songwriter Kidjo, special guest stars and UN delegates, gathered
from around the world to raise awareness of the global efforts to end FGM. The concert was sponsored by the Permanent
Mission of Italy to the United Nations and took place at the United Nations
General Assembly Hall in February 2012.
Hailed by Time
Magazine as "Africa's premier diva" and listed among "The Top 40
Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa" by Forbes Magazine, Ms. Kidjo is a
definitive 21st century world artist.
Her art roves across boundaries, genres and ethnicities, finding the
connections that link musical forms from every part of the world, while still
bonding closely with her own traditions from her homeland of
Benin. In the years after
Ms. Kidjo's initial exposure to the American pop music that influenced her as a
child, her career escalated in a steadily rising arc. Initially active in the
jazz community, she gradually expanded her interests and by the '90s had become
a major international artist.
For more than a
decade, she has used her visibility to support a far-reaching collection of
advocacy groups, including UNICEF, for whom she is a Goodwill Ambassador, to
her own Batonga Foundation, which provides educational aid to young African
Thanks to the efforts of governments and the United
Nations, communities across the globe are increasingly abandoning the practice
of female genital mutilation, as well as taking concrete legal and policy
action in favor of total eradication of the practice. Education, advocacy and financial support
help provide necessary resources to end female genital mutilation worldwide. To
learn more visit: http://www.unfpa.org/topics/genderissues/fgm.
Viewers may also access the concert online at www.linktv.org.
Additional airdates are as follows:
April 25th - 11PM ET / 8PM PT
April 27th - 1AM ET / 10PM PT
April 28th - 9AM ET / 6AM PT
April 30th - 7PM ET / 4PM PT
About LINK TV
Link TV is a viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization,
distributed nationally via satellite on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network
channel 9410 - reaching more than 34 million US households. Link TV is a
service of KCETLink, the national independent public transmedia organization
formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. For complete background
information, program schedule and Internet streaming, go to LinkTV.org.
Follow on Twitter @LinkTV and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/linktv. Link TV is a
service of KCETLink.
UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme
Joint Programme on FGM/C: Accelerating Change, the world's largest
programme to put an end to the practice, was launched in 2007 and is now being
implemented in 16 countries in Africa, as well as in Yemen. The Programme aims to see communities that continue the practice abandon it
in a generation. Key to their success is using a human rights-based and culturally-sensitive
approaches to encourage communities to act collectively, so that girls or their
families who opt out do not jeopardize marriage prospects or become social
outcasts. This approach has led more than
11,000 communities across Africa to publically declared the abandonment
of the practice, usually through some form of public declaration. Media
campaigns, alliances with religious or traditional leaders, and legal actions
are other of the strategic approaches the programme supports.
About UN Women
UN Women is the global champion for women and girls,
dedicated to upholding the rights of half the world's people. UN Women stands
behind women's equal participation in all aspects of life, but pursues a
handful of elements proven to unlock rapid transformation, including ending
violence against women; increasing women's leadership and participation; and
promoting women's economic empowerment. UN Women manages the UN
Secretary-General's campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
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