We recently released a music video, for our song titled “Gone.” The video is based on the night that my mother ultimately decided to leave my father. I wanted to talk about “Gone” in the wake of the #MeToo movement because I wanted my mom’s story to be a part of this conversation. “Gone” is about domestic violence, but domestic violence is gendered violence, and both fall under Rape Culture.
I grew up with my single mom for most of my life. And I never realized until I was older how strong she was to leave my dad. Domestic abuse is simply violence again women. It is verbal abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and we should not stand for it.
As the United Nations put it, violence against women is “a plague” that still infects both developed and developing countries. I wanted to share 2 horrifying stats that exist in Canada, that were given to me by Vancouver’s Battered Women’s Support Services:
- 1 in 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime
- Every 5 days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Press for Progress. As men, we can step up, be better allies, question our own beliefs and behaviours around gender and sexuality, and Press for Progress in eliminating violence against women.
I would also like to thank Bal Brach from CBC for having me in to talk about the song and this subject. In addition to the statistics, we talked about the stigma that women have to deal with around abuse. There are two stigmas here that we must address. One is around divorce. In many communities divorce is still looked down upon. But the best thing that my mom ever did for herself and her children was leaving my dad. The second stigma is the focus on women to go out and get help. Although this is important, where is the anger at men for putting women in that situation? Where is the stigma against men when we find out that they are abusers?
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. I wanted to share this song and video with you as a THANK YOU for being one of our subscribers, and provide some more insight into our music. I hope you can use this song and video as a tool throughout the year, and especially on Nov. 25 to speak up and speak out. It’s the least we can do.
The song was co-written by Sangeeta D, and the video was created in collaboration with Be True Cineworks. If you like the track, you might also consider checking out our latest album “Tonight”.
Thank you for your continued support.
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