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limujerWomen, music and peace

Women, music and peace is meant to inform about the musical contribution female singers have made with regard to culture of peace during the last fifty years. Peace is a subject they have all been interested in. It has become a polyphony from different parts of the world from where women have expressed what they feel and how they understand peace, by incorporating this concept into their repertoire.

Women share their vision of peace through music, which favours communication, empathy, dialogue and awareness, and develops relationships among female movements throughout the world.

Music has allowed many women to transform their reality, and by becoming involved in peace building, they have used their role as singers and creators to deal with those issues they have been affected by as individuals and as a group, and those that have had an impact on their community, society or country. Some have participated in political-musical movements, others have introduced political and social issues in their work, as well as other topics.

This work also includes a list of songs about the feminine universe, which have been written by both men and women. Also songs women have composed on culture of peace related matters.

To read the book “Women, music and peace” click here..(available in Spanish only)


I. Women’s initiatives
- Cueca sola
- Hakamas sing for peace and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)
- Worldwide March of Women
- Plataforma de Mujeres Artistas Contra la Violencia de Género (Platform of Women Artists
Against Gender Violence - PMACVG)
- The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
- Austria will change its national anthem for sexism.

II. With a woman’s voice
- A song with a woman’s name: Lili Marleen
- US in the 50s and the 60s: Joan Baez, Odetta and Nina Simone
- South Africa during apartheid: Miriam Makeba and Sharon Katz
- Political and musical movements: La Nueva Canción Latinoamericana and La Nova Cançó Catalana.
- Freedom songs: Aynur, Liza Umarova, Birlyant Ramzaeva, Mariem Hassan, Yang Du Tso, Drolmakyi and Jamyan Kyi
- Silenced voices: Sima Bina, Parissa, Ghashang Kamkar, Marzieh and Googoosh
- Voices from the Middle East: Sara Alexander, Chava Alberstein, Noa and Rim Banna
- The voice of reconciliation: Yasmin Levy

III. More songs, other realities
- Feminine realities
- Gender violence
- Women and female groups that have changed the course of history
- Heroines of peace: Aung San Suu Kyi and Rigoberta Menchú
- About the "Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo"
- About Zapatista Women

IV. Musical contribution of women singers
- Canada
- United States of America
- Latin America
- Europe
- Spain
- Africa
- Australia
- Musical index card


The document can be downloaded in Spanish from this website. If you want to buy the book:

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