Taking a break from laying down tracks for her upcoming album, Alicia Keys visited the United Nations today to champion women’s empowerment during an UN AIDS Conference.

Polished and glowing in a navy suit, Alicia spoke on a panel titled “HIV Priorities for Positive Change: In Women’s Words.” Joined by fellow musician and philanthropist Annie Lenox, Alicia spoke in front of some of the world’s most influential diplomats.

For Alicia, this cause hit close to home. As global ambassador for the charity organization, Keep a Child Alive, Alicia has worked to advocate for AIDS treatment and raise funds to support programs that invest in children infected or at risk from HIV/AIDS. Speaking to those in attendance, she said:

“If we show the next generation of women and girls that we care by providing the resources to achieve universal access, this will empower them. If we do that, we will stop the epidemic in its tracks.”


While the star studded appearances certainly brought out the press, the UN used the opportunity to discuss the findings from its latest report, In Women’s Words: HIV priorities for positive change.

To download a PDF copy of the report, please click here.

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