From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are "One Woman".

Launched on International Women's Day, 8 March 2013, the song is a rallying cry that inspires listeners to join the drive for women's rights and gender equality. "One Woman" was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women's lives around the world. "One Woman" reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination against women and look toward a brighter future: "We Shall Shine!" Join us to help spread the word and enjoy this musical celebration of women worldwide.


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One Woman
Making the Song
Women's Rights
Our artists on gender equality
Make Change
Anoushka Shankar on the power of art
I Sing Along
Our artists on their favorite lyrics
My (S)hero
Our artists on who inspires them
Dream Big
Angelique Kidjo on her hopes for all girls


There are (s)heroes all over the world, and at UN Women we are lucky to work with many of them, whether they are empowering survivors of violence, confronting discriminatory laws or defending the rights of domestic workers. Here are some we’ve met, courageous women and men transforming lives every day.

Mayerlis Angarita, a survivor of the armed conflict in Colombia, heads the Narrating for Living Foundation.

Mayerlis Angarita, a survivor of the armed conflict in Colombia, is using the power of words and the recovery of collective memory as a healing mechanism for the ravages of conflict and as a tool to raise awareness of women’s rights.

Mwasapi tells us how the plight to end such forms of violence became his passion.

After winning the global UNiTE T-shirt design competition in 2011, Mwasapi Kihongosi began mobilizing youth across Tanzania to end violence against women. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2012 and led a Caravan for Change last November to raise awareness of gender violence and harmful traditional practices.

When Shehnaz Bano married Naved in 2009, she never suspected her life as a married woman would soon spiral into a circle of violence.

After being attacked with a knife by in-laws, Shehnaz Bano filed a case under India’s Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act — a move that allowed her to escape the spiral of dowry-related abuse and likely saved her life.

Cathy Eatock is an aboriginal woman and survivor of child sexual assault.

Cathy Eatock is an aboriginal woman and survivor of child sexual assault who pressed charges against her assailant despite resistance from her own community. She is among five survivors who detailed their successful struggles for national policy and legislative reforms at a recent forum.

Guiselly Flores, director of the Peruvian Network of Women Living with HIV.

After contracting HIV and losing her son to the disease, Guiselly Flores became an activist. As the Director of the Peruvian Network of Women Living with HIV (RPM+), over the last 15 years she has demonstrated unflinching commitment to the rights of HIV-positive women.

Through film and life, rural women address poverty and early marriage in Egypt

In the village of Al Tod, Egypt, amateur film-maker Amal Abou El Rouss produced a documentary about divorced women forced into child marriage. An elected member of a local women’s committee, this divorcee showcases the everyday struggles of her community.

Manju Gurung is a founding member of Pourakhi

Manju Gurung is a founding member of Pourakhi (which means “self-reliant”), a non-governmental organization dedicated to defending the rights of female migrant workers in Nepal. They run shelters and have successfully advocated for policies, laws and mechanisms to ensure their protection.

In Dominica, a violence-prevention programme helps boys overcome gender stereotypes

Psychologist and social worker Alex P. Vega challenges traditional social and cultural beliefs around masculinity through a Community Intervention Programme for boys. Piloted on the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Antigua & Barbuda, it also teaches about healthy relationships and self-restraint.

Fetura Mohammed, now 16, took her case to the district court when she was 14 to prevent her early marriage.

Fetura Mohammed, a brave 14-year-old girl, testified against her father in court to avoid being forced into an arranged marriage. With the help of a local school club and rights’ programme in Ethiopia, she is raising awareness among girls and boys.

Lourdes Figueroa, 36, wants people to see beyond her wheelchair and accept her for the person that she is.

“I too am a woman,” declares 36-year-old Lourdes Figueroa. Feeling marginalized by society due to her wheelchair, she became a grassroots activist with a housing co-operative for people with disabilities in Uruguay. She also took part in UN Women leadership workshops.

Veronica Casimira, mentor to eight self-help groups in the Bobonaro region, and proud owner of livestock in Memo village, Timor-Leste, on 28 July 2012.

For women like Veronica Casimira in Timor- Leste, UN Women-supported self-help groups and agricultural workshops are bearing fruit. She is able to feed her family, have an income and lead by example about what it means to be a female breadwinner.

Nengai Lazaro teaches young girls at the MWEDO school near Arusha.

As a child, Nengai Lazaro ran away from home to avoid being circumcised for marriage. She sought refuge with one of her teachers, who took her to a Maasai girls’ school. Now 26, Nengai teaches in Arusha and Manyara, Tanzania.

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At least 125 countries have specific laws that penalize domestic violence, yet 603 million women live in countries where it is not considered a crime.

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A child born to a mother who can read is 50 percent more likely to survive.

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Up to 7 out of 10 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.

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139 constitutions guarantee gender equality and 117 have equal pay laws, but on average women are still paid 10 to 30 percent less than men globally.

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Violence against women comes at high cost, ranging from estimated US 11.38 billion in Australia to US $32.9 billion annually in England and Wales.

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Fortune 500 companies with the highest number of women on their boards were 53 percent more profitable than those with the fewest women board members.

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The efforts of many committed women and men around the world contributed to the song and video you hear and see here. From songwriters to producers and our participating singers and musicians, we benefited from the talent, artistry and advice of hundreds. UN Women would like to give our heart-felt thanks for everyone's contribution.

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One Woman

In Kigali, she wakes up,
She makes a choice,
In Hanoi, Natal, Ramallah.
In Tangier, she takes a breath,
Lifts up her voice,
In Lahore, La Paz, Kampala.
Though she’s half a world away
Something in me wants to say …

We are One Woman,
You cry and I hear you.
We are One Woman,
You hurt, and I hurt, too.
We are One Woman,
Your hopes are mine.
We shall shine.

In Juarez she speaks the truth,
She reaches out,
Then teaches others how to.
In Jaipur, she gives her name,
She lives without shame
In Manila, Salta, Embu.
Though we’re different as can be,
We’re connected, she with me

We are One Woman,
Your courage keeps me strong.
We are One Woman,
You sing, I sing along.
We are One Woman,
Your dreams are mine.
And we shall shine.
We shall shine.

And one man, he hears her voice.
And one man, he fights her fight.
Day by day, he lets go the old ways,
One Woman at a time.
Though she’s half a world away,
Something in me wants to say.

We are One Woman,
Your victories lift us all.
We are One Woman,
You rise and I stand tall.
We are One Woman,
Your world is mine
And we shall shine.
Shine, shine, shine.
We shall shine
Shine, shine, shine.
We shall shine.
Shine, shine, shine.

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