Merck Foundation released children’s storybook Not Who You Are to Mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls

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  • The Merck Foundation also released a children’s storybook “Not Who You Are”, a story about a young couple – Mukama and Amina who experienced gender-based violence, overcame it and decided to come along together to spend a happy and fulfilling life
  • Merck Foundation continues its efforts to raise awareness of violence against women, empower girls and women through education and seeks to bring about a cultural shift through art

Merck Foundation, Merck KGaA Germany’s philanthropic arm, released two songs – ‘Girl Can’ in English by singer from Ghana and Liberia, Cwezi and Irene, respectively “Yes, you can” in Portuguese by Blaze, a singer from Mozambique, to support girls’ education and women’s empowerment that will help them make informed choices and know the right not to accept any form of violence, whether physical or psychological.

“This is our way of doing things Merck Foundation to mark “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls” because we are convinced that education is the only powerful weapon to eradicate all violence against women and to promote women’s empowerment. I invite you all to listen to both songs by the Merck Foundation. I’m proud to be the executive producer of both songs. ” Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation stressed.

“I really believe that education is power and educating girls gives them the opportunity to make their own decisions, helps them access financial opportunities and stand up for their rights, which helps prevent gender-based violence and child abuse. With the release of these songs at the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021, we at the Merck Foundation want to encourage everyone to work together to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in our communities. “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls”, The Merck Foundation has also released a children’s storybook called “Not Who You Are” to teach boys to love and respect their future wives. In addition, teaching children about family values ​​of love and respect. “We must work together to create a cultural shift and stop violence against women and girls in all sectors and all environments.” Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej Added.

The Merck Foundation continues its efforts to raise awareness of violence against women, empower girls and women through education and seeks to bring about a cultural shift through media, art and fashion.

Below are the details of both songs released as part of the Merck Foundation Educating Linda program:

1. Watch, share and subscribe “The girl can” song here, sung by two famous singers, Irene and Cwezi from Liberia and Ghana respective:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8FaRcYJkvU
This song portrays two girls, one uneducated and therefore powerless to fight injustice and another who has gone to school and fought for her right to live a happy life.

2. Watch share and subscribe: “Yes you can” Portuguese song, meaning “Yes, You Can” in English, here, sung by two famous singers, Hot Blaze and Tamyris Moiane, talented singers from Mozambique
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihNEgOQbP48
The song tells the story of a young underprivileged girl who struggles through many difficulties to complete her education and eventually manages to get a good education and have a successful career.

To read the interesting story, “Not who you are” click on the link below:
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“I strongly believe that education comes with empowerment, self-confidence and the ability to decide right from wrong, so as a woman I want to urge other women not to be silent if they are exposed to violence of any kind. I have tried to communicate this a lot important messages through these songs.In addition, African musicians and musicians are known for their versatility and ability to spread important messages through music.I believe that music and art have the capacity and influence to make the problem felt, which further stimulates emotion and leads to commitment and action “I think these songs will add significant value to influencing the cultural change we are advocating.” Senator Dr Kelej.

“Violence against girls, women and children is still one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations, not only in Africa but in our world today. In addition, since the outbreak of covid-19, all forms of violence against women and girls, domestic violence, has worsened, but this is largely unreported due to lack of education for girls, silence, stigma and shame. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021 and the release of two songs “Girl Can” and “Yes, You Can”, together with the children’s story book “Not Who You Are” we hope to bring about a change in our society and to convey that the prevention of violence against women is a human right that can only be achieved by educating girls “, we added Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej. CEO of the Merck Foundation.

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