Alicia Keys Introduces New National “EMPOWERED” Campaign, Reaching U.S. Women on All Platforms


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Empowered BannerEditorial Note: Many organizations are using new media channels to reach communities in the response to HIV/AIDS. Recently, we asked our colleagues at the Kaiser Family Foundation to share some information on the EMPOWERED campaign. The following guest post is about EMPOWERED, an example of a national campaign using traditional and new media. Among federal examples, the CDC’s Act Against AIDS has taken a similar approach. 

On April 15 Exit Disclaimer in Washington, D.C, as she introduced EMPOWERED Exit Disclaimer, her new campaign developed as part of the Greater Than AIDS initiative Exit Disclaimer, recording artist Alicia Keys called on the women of America to use their power to help bring an end to AIDS.

“Women and girls have been affected by HIV since the start, but that impact has not been recognized,” Ms. Keys said. “And as the sisters, mothers, daughters, and caregivers, we are the backbones of families, communities, and entire societies. We will never see an AIDS-free generation without harnessing the power and strength of women.”

EMPOWERED is a new, national cross-platform HIV awareness campaign that includes TV, radio, and outdoor and print ads Exit Disclaimer, in addition to digital content and social media. By joining with Greater Than AIDS, Alicia Keys is reaching women in the U.S. in everyday ways—on their computers, on their phones, at bus stops—to make everyday choices that can change the course of this epidemic.

EMPOWERED’s digital focus revolves around the powerful stories of five women living with HIV in the U.S. Alicia Keys met with these women and they shared their struggles and triumphs living with HIV. A six-minute signature video Exit Disclaimer excerpt of that conversation was released exclusively online, then promoted widely with direct prompts to watch the video from all outdoor ad placements and through social media distribution by both Greater Than AIDS and Ms. Keys.

One recent Tweet from Ms. Keys read, “Its time2change the way we think about HIV. We R #EMPOWERED Exit Disclaimer! I’m so moved by this,” with a link to the video. The video has also been featured widely on online media sites, including BET, Huffington Post, and the Grio. Greater than AIDS will make a 30-minute version of the video to community groups, for use at events that serve and educate women.

EMPOWERED also continues to roll out new online exclusive features, including five recently released personal profile videos Exit Disclaimer for each of the women in the EMPOWERED signature video with Alicia Keys. These intimate portraits of the women, whose faces grace the EMPOWERED outdoor ads, allow a greater understanding of their EMPOWERED statements and what led each to speak out about HIV. By creating layers of content that build as viewers explore different platforms, EMPOWERED creates a rich learning experience, with the ultimate endpoint of informational resources on HIV prevention, testing, and treatment.

As the campaign goes on, Greater Than AIDS Exit Disclaimer and Ms. Keys will use social media to continue to promote these online features and the actions every woman can take in her own life to protect herself from HIV. Already the campaign has received a wave of positive feedback. For example, a recent Facebook posting by Ms. Keys Exit Disclaimer of photos from the EMPOWERED launch event garnered nearly 49,000 “likes.” An online call out from Ms. Keys for responses to the EMPOWERED video started a conversation among commenters, such as, “This really changed my perspective about HIV,” “I cried watching this,” “Newly diagnosed, thank you.”

Through dialogues about HIV, Alicia Keys CAN help to change the way America thinks about HIV/AIDS. We are EMPOWERED Exit Disclaimer.


  1. kelly mcclements says:

    i have recently just been diagnosed with H.I.V. in 2011 i was in department of corrections // i felt like a was handed my death sentence. i was just released after 2 years and i want so badly to make a difference and not go back down the same road i was on. i want to get educated and go back to school. i lost everything through my drug addiction and byt the grace of god i have a second chance at life. i need any guidance thats possible to help me. please help.. i am willing to do whatever it takes to get it right this time.

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  3. Emmanuel Craig Davi says:

    Miss Keys I don’t have video yet all I have are words to share. I’me infected with
    AIDS. Not knowing I graduated from Temple University in 2005. I was feeling harable, the optinustic infections was destroying my body, almost close to death. It took me until 2007 tested.
    I love you and I honor you for all your love your doing being a part of the cure.

  4. Factsseeker says:

    Strange how every campaign today seems to marginalise another group who is excluded. Why not ‘men and women’ against AIDS ? Both groups suffer from this terrible ailment. Seems that society always needs to dehumanize some group in order to feel pity for another group. We have seen this with the nazis and jews, with whites and blacks, with catholics and protestants and today it is male human beings who are the marginalised.

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