Quick Hit: Beyonce, Madonna, Gloria Steinem Chime for Change

Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 8.11.28 PMBeyonce, Madonna, Gloria Steinem, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Florence + the Machine and Jennifer Lopez are headlining a London concert that will raise money for projects helping girls and women on Saturday, June 2nd in London. The show, “Sound of Change Live,” will be broadcast live from Twickenham sports stadium to 150 countries, and on primetime TV in the U.S. on Sunday.

The four-hour long concert is part of the Chime for Change campaign, founded by Gucci, which “serves to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world.” With a focus on justice, health and education, Chime for Change is powered by Catapult,  the first ever crowd-funding platform dedicated to girls and women’s issues. Nonprofit organizations post their projects to Catapult so people can find and fund them. Every ticket buyer will be able to choose which project their ticket funds.  If all the tickets are sold, the show could fund at least 120 projects empowering women and girls around the world. The projects range from fighting female sexual mutilation in Sub-Saharan Africa, to advocating for indigenous women in Guatemala, to supporting Native American women in learning new skills to gain jobs in the renewable energy sector.

Check out this Chime for Change video. Transcript after the jump

Throughout history, women have done things differently.
When we need to get something done, we do it together.
With each new generation our story has spread wider.
The voices telling it braver, more powerful.

But the story is far from over. These are extraordinary times.
Thanks to technology, women across the world have the ability to connect in ways unimaginable to those who went before us. We believe that connection empowers us.

We are proud to be joining a growing movement of many.
The young and the old, women and men, from all cultures and all walks of life who want to see change. Not one, but billions of voices calling for the empowerment of girls and women. Empowerment through education, through health, through justice.

This is about hearing a call – to join us wherever you are.
About raising an alarm – drawing attention where there is work to be done.
Our issues are the world’s issues.

This is the sound of connection.
This is the sound of progress.
This is the sound of change.

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