The website of Women Of The Year has been updated with the following accolade to Annie:

2010: Annie Lennox
The Barclays Women of the year Award salutes an exceptional and selfless woman who has used her vision to help change the lives of many.

‘A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn’t always deal with our deeper issues,’ says Annie Lennox, singer, songwriter and philanthropist. ‘These are the things I’m interested in now, particularly at my age.’

Those deeper issues for her revolve round peace, poverty, motherhood and, in particular, the devastation wrought by HIV/AIDS in Africa. For the past 20 years, she has devoted much of her time to charity, working with Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Foundation, and in 2008 she was awarded the British Red Cross’ Services to Humanity Award.

It’s all a far cry from her time as one half of the Grammy Award-winning Eurythmics or her glittering solo career. But although she has sold more than 80m records, she has had dark times. In 2008, she revealed in an interview on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, that her devotion to charity was inspired by the stillbirth of her son. ‘At the same time as I lost my son, thousands of people died in a village in Turkey after an earthquake. Curiously enough, I identified with those people. It made me realise that life truly is temporary and when I hear about people’s tragedies, I so empathise with them.’

Last year, Annie released a special fund-raising single called Sing, the proceeds from which went to the Treatment Action Campaign, an organisation that provides much-needed support in the struggle against HIV/AIDs in Africa. She is also a leading fund-raiser for Mothers to Mothers, a South African charity which trains mothers who have HIV/AIDs to work as a core part of the medical teams dealing with newly-diagnosed women, sharing their experience to help them through the emotional and practical rollercoaster of living with the disease.

She is working with Oxfam to create the Circle – a group of influential women who come together to look at ways they can make a real impact on poverty around the world.

Click here to read the other winners

Annie has also posted a blog about today from The House Of Me

OK..so today was a pretty amazing one for me…let me elaborate..

October 11th 2010

OK..so today was a pretty amazing one for me…let me elaborate..
First of all to say, that “awards” per se are not the motivating factor in any of what I do….But then again, I have to say that it is enormously humbling and deeply moving to receive any kind of recognition from anyone. To receive the Women of the Year award was absolutely ..well..beyond words, actually.
I want to redefine the word “feminism”, so that it can be clearly understood in a way that doesn’t make any woman, or man (for that matter ) shy away from it . Feminism, for me, is very simple…it just means…human rights. And I believe that ‘feminism” is desperately needed in all kinds of situations…most especially in the so called developing countries.
It doesn’t have to be threatening to anyone…Essentially..it is about RESPECT and APPRECIATION of the absolutely incredible contribution that women make in all corners of the globe.
So let me state..very clearly…I AM A FEMINIST….I AM A HUMANIST…and I WANT TO INSPIRE PEOPLE  TO GET ENGAGED AND INVOLVED WITH THE CHALLENGING ISSUES OF THE WORLD …WE ARE ALL PART OF IT, HERE AND NOW, AND EVERYONE COUNTS. IF YOU ARE READING THIS, YOU ALREADY BELONG TO THE MINORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER….THERE IS SO MUCH THAT YOU CAN DO TO CONTRIBUTE…IT IS NOT POINTLESS..IT ACTUALLY STARTS WITH “YOU”….LOVE AL.