Sunday 6 December 2015 saw the launch of a new karaoke song about sexual harassment and women’s right to be safe.
The ‘Safe Workplaces, Safe Communities’ karaoke song was written with garment workers in Phnom Penh from a factory which works with CARE Cambodia. The song lyrics include women’s descriptions of what it means to feel safe from violence and how we can all support each other to stop this. This is the theme song for the ‘Sexual harassment stops here!’ campaign.
The song was officially launched at the group dance event held in Phnom Penh’s Wat Botum park to mark the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. Hundreds of young people gathered in orange to show their support for ending violence against women. During the event, the young women who wrote and recorded the song took to the stage to give the first live performance of this.
The song was well received, with many members of the audience dancing along with them. The second time this was played, people were singing along to the catchy chorus, which says:
“Every year, every month, every day, every hour Women have the right to be safe all the time.”
A version with English subtitles is available on the youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNP6MmQ_vXw.
CARE's work to end violence against women in Cambodia is funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and the Australian Government.