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Woman in Bogota, Colombia, November 25, 2020.  Photo by Luisa González for Reuters.
Woman in Bogota, Colombia on Nov. 25, 2020. Photo: Luisa González/Reuters.

On #25N, meet three women fight who against gender-based violence through music 

Here are the three women you need to listen to on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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Every Nov. 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a day dedicated to raising awareness and combating any type of male aggression. The day commemorates the murder of Mirabal sisters in 1960, three women activists from the Dominican Republic, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa.

On this date, as on #8M, women take to the streets to defend their freedom and right to live without fear. They go out in the streets, and occupy public spaces and high positions without being assaulted physically, sexually, psychologically, verbally, or emotionally.

Macho aggressions and femicides in Latin America continue to increase every year. During the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of women were raped without even leaving their homes. According to the UN, one in three women suffers sexual or physical violence and the figure amplified during the pandemic.

Faced with the problem, many activists' voices are rising up to say enough to this type of violence. On #25N, here are three women who use their music to raise their voices for a fairer world, denounce violence and take a stand against sexist violence.

  1. Vivir Quintana: a Mexican singer-songwriter who recognizes that she has the privilege of a voice and microphone to denounce gender violence. With her presence alone and especially in her song "Canción sin miedo" (the current anthem of feminism), she demands that the fight against gender violence be placed higher on political agendas in Mexico and the world.
  1. La Mala Rodriguez: She is an Andalusian rapper who broke with the social conventions of her gypsy heritage, and broke into a scene occupied mostly by men. She owns her decisions without asking anyone for forgiveness. 

  1. Ana Tijoux: A strong and combative Chilean musician and rapper. She recognizes herself as anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist and anti-racist. In her songs, she verbalizes the rage and pain of the people who are affected by all these oppressions.  

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