Jackson continues to rally for women to speak loud and proud for gender equality around the world after first bringing up the issue at the Billboard Music Awards last spring.
Janet Jackson is done with being "stifled" and "gagged" by patriarchy.
She delivered a rally cry for gender equality during her Global Icon acceptance speech at the MTV European Music Awards Sunday night, saying she identifies with women whose voices have been suppressed over the years while enduring abuse and intimidation.
"To be called an icon is a tremendous honor, but one that comes with a tremendous responsibility. Tonight, I feel moved to speak for women's voices who have been stifled. I am one of those women," she declared. "Women who have been gagged, both literally and emotionally. Women who have been abused. Women who have been intimidated. Women who have lived in fear. I stand with you. You are my sisters."
"Tonight, I carry the hope that a new world is emerging. A world in which caring people, male as well as female, will no longer tolerate gender inequality," she continued. "Women, our voices will be heard. We will be heard when we speak out for justice. Speak out for the spirit that crosses all borders, recognizes the dignity of all people and affirms the beauty of all faiths. Speak out for acts of true charity, small and large. Speak out for an all-embracing love. Because it's love that will heal our wounds."
She proceeded to praise God, thank her fans and give her baby boy, Eissa Al Mana, a shoutout before walking off stage.
Before accepting the honor, Jackson performed a medley of her biggest hits, including "Made for Now," "All for You" and "Rhythm Nation."
"I believe that for all of our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history. It's a moment when at long last women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused," she said. "I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind."
"This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh. My prayer is that weary of such noise we turn back to the source of all calmness," she said. "That source, that source is God."