South Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a United Nations Equality Champion promoting the Free & Equal campaign

22 July 2014 | News and Media

A number of celebrities – leaders in their respective fields with a commitment to the cause of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality – have pledged their support to the Free & Equal campaign by becoming United Nations equality champions. Over the coming months, they will help spread campaign messages and materials through social media. Some may also participate in campaign-related initiatives, including recording public service announcements (PSAs) for television, radio and the web.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is a renowned South African vocalist, performer, and human rights advocate. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa,” she has been at the forefront of South African popular music for more than two decades. Yvonne was born in Dobsonville, Soweto, and became the first black child to appear on South African television. She started singing at 19 and joined Dephon Records, where she released her debut album, “I’m in Love with a DJ”. In 2012, Yvonne became the first African woman to be awarded the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award for her commitment to health and social development issues. She serves as a Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, advocating for malaria prevention, education, and treatment.


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Free & Equal

Free & Equal is an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.  A project of the United Nations Human Rights Office being implemented in partnership with the Purpose Foundation, Free & Equal will raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and promote greater respect for the rights of LGBT people everywhere.  The campaign will engage millions of people around the world in conversations that will help promote the fair treatment of LGBT people and generate support for measures to protect their rights.

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