Launch Day! One woman song for International Women’s Day

It doesn't get any better than today.

March 8, 2013. A very snowy Friday. Despite the traffic snafus, the room at the UN is overflowing - hundreds of men and women in colorful outfits, excitement bubbling. It's International Women' Day.

It's not yet 10am, but they almost won't let me in - it's the overflow room for me. No! But someone snags me and pulls me into the room, to a seat in the front row. It's reserved in my name. Wow.

Isha Sesay, CNN anchor, makes introductory remarks. She says, Today we have a special treat for you - the first theme song ever written for a UN Agency. 

That would be our song.

Then Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon makes his remarks. He closes his speech by saying, " If we work together - as our new song says - We Shall Shine." 

That would be my lyric.

Then they played the video for "One Woman." Ms. Bachelet, Exec Dir of UN Women and former president of Chile, sang along; if she could have stood up and danced, I think she might have (that's what she did at the pre-launch sneak performance on Tuesday).

And when it was over, people cheered.  Ms. Bachelet and Ban-Ki Moon gestured for me to stand up, so I did. People cheered. I cried. 

Here's a terrible picture of Mr. Moon shaking my hand.

And then - how cool is this? - UN Women rented a karaoke booth so people could sing the song. They audio and videotaped the performances for the next fun and fabulous music video for "One Woman." 

May everyone sing this song, in their own language, in their own voice. May we all shine.

Photos up Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation/Womensphere celebration!

On March 28, Hope Sings presented the UN Women theme song "One Woman," featuring Traciana Graves and the girls from St. Joseph's High School - Judwina Chery, Krystal Maldonado and Briana Cintron, with Reginal Magloire.


Lots of great women there - Lynn Tilton, Linda Descano, Windows for Widows - amazing!


Photo at Video to come!