Alicia Keys says “We Are Here”

We Are Here

If you ask me to show you women who I perceive to be beautiful inside and outside with very huge hearts, Alicia Keys will feature very highly on the list. Her resume of charity work speaks for itself and she always appears to be very passionate about any campaign she is involved in. The latest is no exception. [pullquote]GoWoman Magazine is here to hold up a spotlight to the beauty and grace, the strengths and successes, the trials and triumphs of the 21st Century African Woman.[/pullquote]

The world is full of doom and gloom at the moment and often times I feel very helpless and defeated especially with the current crisis that is facing our continent. But the We Are Here Movement launched recently is uplifting while also serving as a gentle reminder that if we all do our bit no matter how insignificant that bit may seem in the grand scheme of things, the world will be a much better place:


The day I wrote this song, I was sitting in a circle of people of all ages and we were asked, “Why are you here.” Why am I here?? This really hit me on a deep level. I realized no one had ever asked me that question before.As I prepare to give birth to a new child, I can’t help and think about the world I’m bringing my baby into.

Wherever we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference. Since I co-founded Keep a Child Alive 11 years ago, I have seen first-hand the impact we can have when we come together. As Mahatma Gandhi said, we can Be the Change we want to see in the world. We ALL have a voice – we just need to know how to make it heard. 

That is why I created WE ARE HERE. Because, it’s not about me. It’s about WE. 

WE ARE HERE to manifest an empowered world community built on the true meaning of equality – where we are all considered One People, regardless of race, gender, zip code, belief system or sexual orientation.

WE ARE HERE to make sure every voice is heard, so that our representation reflects our population. We need our leadership to reflect an equal balance of the gifts that both men and women have to offer.

WE ARE HERE to ensure that every child born into this world receives a quality education – where their unique gifts are nurtured so that they may be a beneficial presence in this world.

WE ARE HERE to stand for mutual respect and cooperation among all peoples and nations. We must end all forms of racial injustice for our black brothers and sisters and all people of color.

WE ARE HERE to help end the prison industrial complex in America and reform our justice system so that it is based on fairness and truth.

WE ARE HERE to help bring about universal global health care based on Integrative Medicine, so that our bodies are treated as one system, and we can help control the spread of diseases like AIDS, Malaria, TB and Ebola.

WE ARE HERE because we want to put an end to the poverty, oppression, and hopelessness that often breeds despair, terror, and violence.

WE ARE HERE to help enact common sense gun laws that protect children, families, and society from unnecessary violence.

WE ARE HERE to choose Unity, Love, Forgiveness and Compassion and to acknowledge our individual and collective POWER to change the status quo – and to do so Peacefully.

It doesn’t have to be a dream anymore.

Let’s create a coalition of all of us who want to make a difference in the world and partner with great organizations that are already doing the work on the ground. Let’s pool our resources; mind-share, heart-share, engage and educate one another on what’s going on in our neck of the woods that we want to bring attention to, so that we may all be inspired to take action, so that our voices can be heard and real change can happen. It starts with ourselves, and then our families, and then our communities and then the world.

Together, we can do it, because WE ARE HERE.

WE ARE HERE to do our part. We have taken great care in selecting organizations that we trust. We know these groups are doing effective and compassionate work that we can support in a tangible way. Starting with this song, We Are Here will be spotlighting very specific initiatives with each of our partners outlining exactly how you can get involved and make a real difference!

I also want to hear from you about issues in your community. Together, we can bring attention and change to the places that need it most, for the betterment of all. Together, we can support each other in changing local laws and policies into ones that serve everyone. Through awareness and education we can come together and encourage our leaders and the global public to join US. It’s Me + You on a mission to create a world where all children have the right to be free and equal and safe.

Together the WE ARE HERE Movement can give birth to a kinder and more peaceful world for ALL children.

“Our souls were brought together so that we can love each other sister, brother. We are here. We are here for all of us. That’s why we are here.”

In Light,


GoWoman Magazine is here to hold up a spotlight to the beauty and grace, the strengths and successes, the trials and triumphs of the 21st Century African Woman. We are doing this for self love, for womankind and for our continent.

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