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kate nash says bollocks to poverty

In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, development charity ActionAid has launched a new initiative as part of its ‘Bollocks To Poverty’ campaign to raise awareness of women’s issues among music fans and beyond. Not only are they encouraging music lovers to throw their own fundraising gigs and parties but they’ve also recruited Kate Nash to put together a digital playlist of songs that “sum up what it means to be a woman”, which can be purchased as MP3s through 7digital. In keeping with the louder, more aggressive sound of her forthcoming second album, the ten songs she’s picked include tracks by Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Le Tigre, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Helen Love and Shrag, alongside favourites from Björk, Destiny’s Child, Emmy The Great and The Flirtations.

Each track comes with a little explanation from Kate. For the Bratmobile track, ‘Gimme Brains’, she writes: “Sometimes as a woman in the music industry you really feel like sometimes it is so unfair that a lot people will never take you seriously because you aren’t a boy in a band doing dumb things and bragging about drugs and sexing girls and writing about being a dick and being so cool. You want a boy with brains anyway who isn’t a sexist and who knows the meaning of the word equality, you want someone with a brain!!” – read the rest of them, and find out more about the project, here.

If you’re interested in putting together an event for International Women’s Day in aid of ‘Bollocks To Poverty’, you can download an information pack here. As an incentive, ActionAid are offering event organisers a free book of poetry, dubbed See Me, Hear Me, Read Me,with contributions from women like Yoko Ono, current Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, actresses Judi Dench and Julie Walters, and lots more. Find out more about that here.

Alan Pedder

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