#16DaysOfActivism: Lira, Goodluck, Mariechan & Gigi Lamayne rework classic hit to raise awareness against gender-based violence

As the country takes on the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, local  multimedia artists and musicians,Lira, Goodluck, Mariechan & Gigi Lamayne have dropped their latest musical offering in partnership with All4Women.

A familiar song produced in 1983 and taught in schools around the world as part of a sexual abuse prevention programme, has been given a reboot to raise funds to fight the second pandemic – women abuse in South Africa.

My body’ samples a song by educational psychologist Peter Alsop, and teaches themes such as consent and boundaries.

“I think one of the most important tools I have is my voice and I am thrilled to be able to lend my voice to this cause.  We all have a responsibility to do something about women abuse and I am appealing to men to take care of us and to women – make your voices heard,” says Lira.

All funds raised from the streaming of My Body will be donated to the 1st for Women Foundation for its ongoing fight to end woman abuse.

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“Music has the ability to change attitudes and beliefs.  The song encourages women to rise up, walk hand in hand and speak out against women abuse.  It reminds men and boys to do the same and put women first – no means no,” says Casey Rousseau from 1st for Women Insurance.

As we all know, during COVID-19, most of us were confined in our homes with our partners. This has increased relationship problems, as well as social and economic problems. Many are subjected to violence from our close family or our intimate partner.

The song will also be used in 1st for Women’s school-based programme in Diepsloot targeting high school students. In the future, the 1st for Women Foundation hopes that the song will be included in school programmes across the country.

My Body can be streamed on all major music streaming sites .

It was composed by Chris Snyman and Garth Barnes and produced by TigerFight.

Main Image; All4Women