Preventing and responding to all forms of gender-based violence is a cornerstone of the U.S. government’s commitment to promoting democracy, advancing human rights, and furthering gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, in all their diversity. The U.S. Embassy Ljubljana organized a virtual event with an American award-winning recording artist and humanitarian, Maya Azucena, and Slovenian NGOs that aimed to help, support and counsel women and children who have experienced or are still experiencing violence in their families and relationships. Through her music Azucena offered loops in universal themes of self-esteem, trusting one’s voice in the world, manifesting dreams into reality, and emphasized how she has come to understand ‘Music as Her Superpower’. This event also enabled Slovenian NGOs to present their work and provide contact details for all that might seek help. By implementing this program, U.S. Embassy Ljubljana highlighted The Global 16 Days Campaign – an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls, which runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence was “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”. Following the theme, we should all be aware of the importance of uniting to end violence, regardless of how difficult it may seem.
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Songs presented at the event:
Maya Azucena – Chameleon
Maya Azucena – Hearts of Gold