Single Released To Mark International Day For Elimination Of Violence Against Women

A single championing gender equality ahead of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women has been released, and its spine-tingling lyrics truly speak volumes.

The video for the track features Sadiq Khan, Annie Lennox, Bianca Jagger, Michael Sheen, Sue Perkins plus a whole other host of our favourite famous faces speaking out on gender equality.

'You don't Own Me' by Urban Voices Collective and Bond Quartet is the finale song from CARE's massive #March4Women rally which saw thousands turn out in Trafalgar Square, London in March earlier this year.

The single is being released today in aid of CARE, who work tirelessly to ensure women and girls around the world can exercise their right to live a life free from violence.

The song, produced by David Arnold, will be released on YouTube and itunes on from today (Friday, 23rd November) to mark International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women this Sunday.

'You Don't Own Me' comes a few days after the centenary of women first standing in Parliament and being able to vote.

#March4Rally in London earlier this year. Credit: PA Images
#March4Rally in London earlier this year. Credit: PA Images

This year has seen an enormous focus on gender equality issues, and while slight progress may have arguably been made, the women's rights journey is far from over.

The song was first performed at the #March4Women rally earlier this year, which saw more than 10,000 feminists led by suffragette descendant and gender equality campaigner Helen Pankhurst. The rally demanded an end to sexual violence and sexual harassment in the workplace, although it contains to rear its ugly head in our daily lives.

Helen Pankhurst said: "The song is beautiful - it captures the defiance, the verve and the solidarity that characterises March4Women, and the current movement for gender equality more widely.

Over 10,000 women and men turned out for the rally. Credit: PA Images
Over 10,000 women and men turned out for the rally. Credit: PA Images

"This version of 'You don't own me' acts as an apt soundtrack to the centenary year - a year that has shone the light on how much still needs to be done."

Urban Voices Collective singer Dani Harrison said: "We performed this song at March4Women and it was clear from the incredible atmosphere that the song resonated with those who were there.

"We wanted to capture some of that energy and solidarity and channel it towards making change, that's why we recorded this for CARE."

All proceeds made from the single will go to CARE to help with their work.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

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