Singer and songwriter Annie Lennox has won the Barclays-sponsored Women of the Year Award 2010 for her campaigning on behalf of HIV/AIDS sufferers. Annie was presented with the accolade today by Deanna Oppenheimer, CEO, UK and Western Europe Retail Banking and Vice Chair, Global Retail Banking, at the international Women of the Year Lunch and Awards in London.
They were joined at the event by Cathy Turner, Barclays Human Resources Director and some of the winners of Barclays own Women of the Year Awards.
The award-winning recording artist, who gained worldwide acclaim as part of the duo The Eurythmics before enjoying a successful solo career, is well-known for her social and political activism.
She has worked tirelessly in the fight against HIV/AIDS, setting up the SING campaign in 2007 to raise funds and help support those living with HIV in South Africa.
Her campaign also aims to raise awareness of the disease through education, testing and treatment.
In addition, as a political activist, the singer supports the Burma Campaign UK, a non-governmental organisation which promotes democratisation in the Southeast Asian country, as well as global charities Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
At today's lunch, Annie admitted that she was prompted to start campaigning for HIV/AIDS sufferers after hearing Nelson Mandela describe the impact of the illness on South Africa as a "genocide".
The Women of the Year Lunch and Assembly was set up in 1955 to bring together a wide cross section of women who had distinguished themselves in their careers, to enable them to meet each other and hear the views of their female peers on important issues.
Since then, the Women of the Year Lunches have been a sell-out every year and raised more than £1m for charity.