The project with UN Women “Sing yes to a city free of violence against women and girls – youth song competition for Kigali’s safe city initiative” is part of a United Nations global program for the fight against violence on young women in five cities across the globe.
Through an artistic and creative approach to raise awareness on this particular theme, the initial step of the project has been to involve young people from Kigali in the creation of songs and music on the theme “Un-do sexual violence”.
Tuesday 25 November 2014, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked the end of the first phase of this collaboration. The Amahoro Petit Stadium, in the Rwandan capital, hosted the performances of the two finalists of a very special contest in which twenty young artists competed by writing songs on the theme “Un-do sexual violence”. The winner was 27-year-old Umuhire Solange Liza with her song “Feel Free”.
Further steps in 2015
The collaboration between UNHATE Foundation and UN Women will go on in 2015: the event in Kigali served as a perfect stage from which to announce the extension of the project to the city’s schools, involving children in educational programmes designed to combat the culture of violence against women.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2010. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women, among other issues, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.