It saddens me to read reports of women being degraded everyday. Yes, many groups of people in the world have been and still are oppressed, undervalued, and disrespected but I would say that women throughout history ...
and in present times are at the top of the list. The war on women is current and quite active all over the world and in our own peaceful and loving country of Canada.
All forms of abuse, any words and actions that make someone uncomfortable, are types of violence!
I am glad: more news is covering this, many more people are taking a stand advocating for peace, kindness, compassion and respect for everyone , as well as promoting value and gender equality.
Mossy Gatherings has an ongoing campaign called "Musicians for Change" in which artists have sent a photo, or a song, or art work as a reflection of their support for gender equality and safety. This is meant to inspire fans and followers to actively promote change. You can see this here:
Musicians for Change: Awareness and Prevention of Violence Against Women through Actions & Pictures.
If you would like to be a part of this campaign please contact us and we would love to add your input.
WE STILL HAVE A HELL OF A WAY TO GO!
In keeping with the theme of "war"
Just as I am about to post this blog I read this headline on the CBC news website:
Military's response to sexual misconduct report curtailed by general's orders
Chief of the defence staff's directive set out 'assumption' that meant key recommendation would be ignored
"The orders, called an initiating directive, show that in the case of at least three recommendations, military brass were told to plan to effectively ignore the advice of the external reviewer, former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps.
Her report found the Canadian Forces possessed a misogynistic and sexualized culture in which harassment and abuse are overlooked, under-reported and poorly understood. Deschamps made 10 recommendations for improvement."
What about in our schools?
Two days ago a young women in Moncton New Brunswick, one of the cities in which I lived, got detention because of what she was wearing distracted the young men (and perhaps teachers) in the school. This is based on her bare shoulders and back. Wow. Common people, it is 2015!
This is not only an insult to all women, it is also an insult to men and boys.
Is the school teaching boys that it is up to girls to dress, say things, and do things that won't distract them....that it is the women's fault if a boy or man is distracted? Wow. What women decide to wear, say, and do, do not make men act inappropriately. Men acting inappropriately make men act inappropriately.
Also, this picture reflects appropriate dress in society. Are we to hide the boys from this and of reality. Perhaps it is good to teach them to have respectful eyes and get on with life!
Whether it is harassment being tolerated by Canadian military leaders, a Canadian school sending a young women home from high school because she wore a sun dress, or a Canadian news reporter being berated with words of sexually abusive nature, or the Canadian Prime Minister having a blind eye to the countless missing and murdered indigenous people, the war on women is active and is currently right in our own peaceful and loving country.
Do you have a song that comes to mind. Have you written a song about the awareness of oppression and degradation of women? Is there a piece you wrote advocating for change in this area? If so, I would love to see it. Please share in the comment section? Even if you do not have a song, I would like to hear your thoughts.
For now, I leave you with this:
"What about this war on women that is right in front of you? ........How are we going to love our sons and daughters and teach them loving kindness too? What are we going to do? .........This ain’t no revolution if we stand silently by and watch! ...........This ain’t no revolution until we know that rape is a war crime!" Kate Reid
This video was taken at an intimate concert with Kate Reid in Owen Sound, Ontario at The Ginger Press Book Store and was hosted by Joan Beecroft.