The song, Fight For Our Lives, pays tribute to the global fight against femicide and gender based violence.
All proceeds from the sales of the song go to UK based Level Up. This feminist organisation is building an interactive, virtual database of femicide victims across the UK and Chile, aiming to scale up in the future.
This time around the band brought in reinforcements. Janey Starling, former lead singer of Dream Nails and co-director of Level Up, is a perfect fit and she lends her furious voice and lyrical wizardry to the feminist anthem.
Janey wrote about the origins of the International Women’s Day for the Guardian in 2019 and how it’s rooted in “working-class and migrant women’s protests against life-threatening conditions in sweatshops”.
Puerto Rican musician and activist Taína Asili has made sure that 2020 starts off with a protest bang and just where last year left off.
“We Are Rising” is a collaboration with One Billion Rising, an activist movement that strives to raise awareness of violence against women.
Taína states that “Music has always been the heartbeat of our movements for liberation. With “We Are Rising” I offer women around the world a new anthem to help us tap into the energy, strength, courage and wisdom needed to usher in a new era of justice and healing.”
Protests in Chile are ongoing and one part of it is women voicing their frustration for the lack of action taken by the government when it comes to femicide and sentencing violators of women.
A large group of women protested the government’s failure to protect them with a chant and dance. According to this article “The song was created by Chilean feminist collective ‘Lastesis’ and is based on Argentinian theorist Rita Segato’s work that argues sexual violence is a political problem.”