Empowering Women and girls around the world through music

Posted January 5, 2015 from United States

It is said "Music calms the savage beast". In that same vein of thought music also crosses barriers of speech and beliefs to bring people together, spread peace and hope, as well as add as an empowering force to help lift spirits and give power to individuals and groups. Although females have come far since the last centuries, women and girls are still striving to become equals in a world seemingly still overpowered by men. Music has become a very useful tool in furthering the efforts of helping to empower females around the world to strive to be the best that they can be.

Music sends a message to allow girls and women to rock forward on life's journey. Girls Rock Camp Alliance strives to assist girls in building self-esteem through finding their voices using music in girls rock camps around the world. Formed from a shared mission to empower girls and women through music education, the Girls Rock Camp Alliance aims to promote self esteem and confidence using the enormous means that music provides.

The Alliance strives in achieving their core values using "the power of music as a means to create personal and social change". With the power of music the Girls Rock Camp Alliance strives to increase opportunities for girls and women and search for continued ways to fight sexism around the globe. Their core values emulate "integrity, honesty and respect" as well as diversity. Through a global effort Girls Rock Camp Alliance strives to further their mission by collaborating and sharing resources.

"The Girls Rock Camp Alliance values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation"as declared on their Statement of Diversity/Non-Discrimination Policy, further stating "We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behavior or expression."

Just as the Girls Rock Camp Alliance works to use music in their efforts to promote strong females, there are ways for those longing to empower their own lives using the power of music. By taking the initiative to learn how to play the piano one can take control and garner strength in their life through music. Music can add peace to a stressful day and assist in joining people together when searching for an answer.

Imagine coming home from a nerve-racking day to sitting down at the piano and pounding out the days stresses on a keyboard making beautiful music to melt away the tension. As you are playing the music it allows for one's mind to wander and open up to new and happy thoughts and ideas. Imagine how much more all could achieve simply by taking a moment out of the day to devote to music.

Music crosses all nationalities, religious beliefs and languages. Through the voice of music, people can become united in common efforts. "War Divides, Music Connects" as noted with Musicians without Borders simple and profound statement. With their mission "Musicians without Borders uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war." As one of the leading voices of Musicians without Borders, Sister Chan Khong understands the power and value of music stating"Music is the voice of the Heart.Music can remove barriers of division and discrimination."

As with the Girls Rock Camp Alliance and Musicians without Borders music has long been known to help lend a voice to efforts globally. Before technology people would gather to play, listen and dance to the joys of music. Song has brought people together is singing to beg for the end of fighting by promoting peace, to "Make love, not war". Everyone has the ability to give a voice to further themselves using the power of music. Music, whether being performed in front of millions or sung in the privacy of the shower, is always in the right key when it succeeds in furthering the fight to promote peace and growth for all.

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Comments 3

  • Minami
    Jan 13, 2015
    Jan 13, 2015

    I haven't expected music promote the power of women all over the world to become equals with men. That's so nice essay. Before I knew it, I only believe music can heal human's heart that it makes us calm. However, as you stated it could promote power of women. I was impressed with it when I read it.

    Sincerely, Minami

  • Yvette Warren
    Feb 04, 2015
    Feb 04, 2015

    You are correct, Toniokioson, that music can impact our spirits. may we women replace the rhythms of war with the soothing sounds of peace and the strong sounds of unity.

  • Yvette Warren
    Feb 22, 2015
    Feb 22, 2015

    Hello, My World Pulse Sister.

    In doing a search on WP, filtered for the term “religion,” I have come upon this post.

    I am honored to be an ambassador to the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in October.  As an ambassador, I am tasked with listening to the voices of others regarding religion and spiritual beliefs and practices, and taking these voices to the 80 countries and 10,000 people represented at the convocation.  The purpose of the event, held every five years, is to create harmony among the many spiritual songs sung on our shared earth.

    I firmly believe that this group needs to hear from our World Pulse community which includes voices and spiritual beliefs from 180 countries. Please review the attached links and help me to know how we can create a choir of World Pulse voices at the next parliament.



    Continue to be a blessing upon our shared earth.

    Thank you.

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