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.


  1. afro chic

    Go Alicia! I’m not a big fan of her musically and who what exactly does her love life have to do with her advocating for Women and HIV/AIDS? Her affair was not right but the two do not connect and I’ve never heard her say that she was a saint. I think it’s commendable that she is lending her voice to one of the leading causes of death among young black women throughout Africa and the US.

    • I commend her on being a voice for AIDS. However, her music has various themes relating to African female empowerment. But in real life, she acted like a chicken-head (for lack of a better word). And yes, if a man did the same thing…I would call him on it.

  2. Domino

    Our society cares way too much about the personal lives of these celebrities. Its just so unimportant and a waste of time.

  3. even though shes a homewrecker thats nice shes saving others

  4. guestonclutch


    simply bringing in money for the big pharma meds only serves to make big pharma meds bigger. and richer. the un does not have enough power to change the world. nor do rich celebrities. and by starting their own charities, and putting their own money into projects (which is nice), they are stepping in to do what should be a government job. stars should promote grassroots movements at home to pressure government to stop cooperating with, and aiding, these big pharma meds.

  5. Alexandra

    Some people may have their opinions on her but she’s still doing something great. She’s been very consistent in that area.

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