There are seven femicides each day and 98% go unsolved. Now, more and more women are using Hip Hop to keep the public’s eye on the issue.
Last year, VICE tackled “gender equality in music” for International Women’s Day. The piece analyzed present-day “social, economic, cultural, and political” issues compared to past issues related to women . VICE focused on “progress” while also acknowledging reality and the work still to be done.
Women that are a voice for women that have been victims of discrimination and femicides were penned in honor of their selflessness.
Essentially, one of the selfless women VICE introduced us to was Rebeca Lane. Lane is a Guatemalan native that has also been described as nothing short of a revolutionary. The Hip Hop fem-cee is said to use her music to raise awareness of this violence against women. With her parents’ work during the 36 year civil war in Guatemala- her music is abundant in authentic purpose- and power.
“Every month, 62 women are killed violently- that means 15 women per week. Last year, there were 739 violent deaths. This year alone, until the end of September, there have been 588 [violent deaths] — 373 by gunfire, 144 were strangled, 63 killed by knife. Eight women were dismembered and 1,034 young girls under the age of 14 were raped and left pregnant…”
-Lane via Upside Down World
“It’s their song… it’s our song.”
-Lane via VICE
Now, Lane and her music seem to have inspired others to do the same. Yesterday, Telesur shared the work of women in Mexico City “denouncing the stealing of their lands and violence against women” through Hip Hop.
“When I started singing… there were grandmothers and grandparents who were not in agreement with the musical fusion that I was doing… When they saw that my intention was good, they accepted. Now we have a mutual respect.”
-Zara Monrroy via Telesur
Hip Hop is pushing the whole culture forward.