Date: 16 April 2010
Hastings — A number of leading musical artists from across the Caribbean region have committed to supporting the UN Secretary-General’s campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women. The musicians came together in Barbados for a workshop organized by UNIFEM on 13-14 April, to generate ideas about creative approaches towards ending gender-based violence.
The artists recorded public service announcements on the need for a united front to end the culture of violence. The messages will be aired on both television and radio. They further agreed to form an online network to continue their collaboration and to use their presence on stage to inform their audiences about the UNiTE campaign.
In her opening remarks at the workshop, UNIFEM Regional Programme Director Roberta Clarke described UNIFEM’s work with men, faith-based organizations, opinion leaders and artists to carry the message of zero tolerance towards violence against women. “All of you here have reflected in your music on the values that matter to you. Music matters and those who produce it are influential,” said Ms. Clarke.
In a similar vein, Barbadian calypso singer Natalie Burke pointed out the opportunities for influencing positive change, given “the power of the pen, the power of the voice”.
For more information, please contact Sharon Carter-Burke, Communications Specialist, UNIFEM Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, sharon.carter-burke[at]unifem.org.