The Australian city of Melbourne marked the 16 days of activism through an unusual medium, albeit one that provides an effective output for political expression- hip hop music. NGOs Melbourne Citymission, CASA House and YWCA teamed up to work with young, Australian artists and established musicians to produce music containing messages against violence against women. The music was compiled onto a hip hop album entitled “16 Songs for 16 Days”.
The project involved a great deal more than the production of the album. Workshops were held for young people interested in music, helping them to write lyrics with anti-VAW messages. A track recorded by workshop participants features on the “16 Songs” album. Local graphic designers and artists donated their time to produce artwork for the project and promotional materials. The album and culmination of the project was celebrated by a free concert in Melbourne, open to the public.
The music featured on the album will be heard across Australia, as five thousand copies have been distributed to sexual assault support services and homeless organisations. It is hoped that these services will be able to use the CD as a resource for engaging young people and raising awareness.
More details on the project, along with an album track list and artwork can be found here.