We are committed to ending sexual violence in Liberia. This collaborative project uses the power of music as both a therapeutic tool and motivator of social change. Using collaborative initiatives, we engage Liberian audiences in critical conversations about gender equality to shift the social norms that allow violence against adolescent girls and women to continue.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Liberia suffered two bloody civil wars during the past twenty years. Today, a silent war wages on against adolescent girls and women. Reports indicate that between 70% to 92% of Liberian women have experienced some form of sexual violence. The assaults are hard to control due to a weak justice systems, the lingering violence of war and an unwillingness to report incidents. We aim to give Liberian women a voice to break the silence and question social attitudes that allow attacks to continue.
How will this project solve this problem?
We work with Hip-Co star, Takun J, to produce songs that bring anti-rape messages to Liberians. After returning to the country after fleeing during the war, Takun J has dedicated his life to writing songs that "speak truth, promote unity and resonate with people's everyday experiences." His songs and performances emphasize the need for punishment of rapists, better enforcement of anti-rape laws and for young men to stand up against violence.
Potential Long Term Impact
Art is the most visceral experience of culture. In countries torn apart by war, the power of music to foster a national identity has been proven throughout history. Takun J's popularity provides an opportunity to capture the attentions and emotions of listeners in a unique way. His socially-relevant lyrics are reaching the youth, particularly young men, within the traditionally misogynistic, hip-hop culture, encouraging them to keep women and girls safe.
Total Funding Received to Date: $8,173
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $21,827
Total Funding Goal: $30,000