Shakira Reaps Accolades for Her Advocacy, Music

Shakira Reaps Accolades for Advocacy, Music
PHOTOGRAPH: oouinouin from Nanterre, France | Shakira performs in a concert in Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris in 2010.

Singer/songwriter and education advocate Shakira is one of the recipients of the 2017 Crystal Awards at the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. The event will be held on January 16 in Geneva, Switzerland. The two other awardees are the actor and social activist Forest Whitaker and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Just as her music is a fusion of various elements, Shakira as a person has shown many facets. Behind the hugely popular singer-songwriter is a passionate advocate of education.  Only a handful of other celebrities has been an inspiring influence to others in the way they lend all-out support for such worthwhile undertakings.

The International Commission on Financing Global Education or Education Commission tweeted that Shakira believes the time to stand for education is now. “Education has to be the number one global priority,” Shakira said.

Shakira, whose latest hit is called Chantaje, values the Crystal Award more than a Grammy. The song has been soaring, nonetheless, on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for weeks.


Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll has supported numerous humanitarian endeavors, but among those close to her heart is education. Back in 1997, at the age of 18,  Shakira established the Pies Descalzos Foundation in Colombia.

She named it after her first international hit. The Foundation has been supporting highly vulnerable, displaced children in her home country. She was named Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF in 2003 for her work.

The foundation implements a five-fold strategy: provide quality and public education; improve children’s nutrition; promote personal growth & sustainable development; create school buildings that last; and establish supported schools as community centers with its ‘Open door school strategy’.

The Colombian singer-songwriter expressed that governments must team up with the private sector to come up with parenting care programs that would give parents the resources and time to properly raise their children.


In music, the high-earning artist has also blazed trails. At the LOS40 Awards in Barcelona, Spain, Shakira was presented with a Golden Award for Best International Latin Artist.

It was the 50th anniversary edition of the awards show, which coincided with World Aids Day and was broadcast live in 21 Latin American countries. A percentage of ticket sales from the show went to the Asocacion Lucha Contra el Sida foundation, also in Barcelona.  The show brought together Spanish, Latin American and other international artists to celebrate the year’s top radio hits as heard on Los 40 Principales, Spain’s No. 1 radio station.

Joining Shakira as co-awardees were Manuel Carrasco who won for Record of the Year; Spanish singer Pablo Lopez and Juanes, who won Song of the Year for their duet Tu Enemigo; J. Balvin, who took the Best Latin Artist Award; and Sia, who beat Justin Beiber for the Best International Artist Award, and many other international artists.  Shakira’s collaborative work with Carlos Vives, “La Bicicleta,” also won the Golden Award for Best Song.


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