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Elton adds his name to International Women’s Day letter

8 March 2016

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Sir Elton John is one of the more than 70 celebrities who have urged world leaders to tackle poverty by addressing gender inequality, adding his name to an open letter to government today to mark International Women’s Day.  #PovertyIsSexist

The letter calls for more funding to help girls and women fight HIV and malnutrition ahead of two summits - Nutrition For Growth and Global Fund - this year.

The group said figures suggesting girls account for three-quarters of new HIV infections and 40% of women in Africa suffer anaemia were an "outrage".

Sir Elton, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, said the numbers of young girls affected was "heartbreaking".

"Three out of every four adolescents in Africa who contract HIV are girls, and on average, young women who contract HIV will do so five to seven years earlier than men. It’s heartbreaking. Stopping the spread of HIV will mean doing more to protect girls and young women. The Global Fund is doing powerful work helping treat and prevent AIDS and deserves expanded support from world leaders. We have the chance to stop HIV/AIDS in our lifetime, and we need to raise our voices now to make sure it happens.” said Elton.

Show your support by adding your name to the letter by going to the Poverty Is Sexist campaign page at:    http://bit.ly/24xOwVz