Beth: One Woman

Beth. Faces of the Festival 2017. Steven Meckler photo

I am a writer. I write musicals and songs. I heard about something called UN Women, an organization starting at the United Stations. When I heard that I said, “Ooh they need a theme song.” About four months later our song was the finale at the United Nations launch. Then I said, “Okay, now we have to record it.” So two years later we had 25 artists from all over the world singing the song. I’m proud of that.

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.

-Beth