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Rochy Ameneiro promotes a culture of peace (Cuba)
an article by Ricardo Alonso Venereo, Diario Granma (abridged)

If a Cuban artist has been seen to defend a culture of peace, it has been the pop singer, Rochy Ameneiro. In this effort the artist has not only joined colleagues but has nurtured an entire team, in which there are prestigious specialists who support and raise their voices against all manifestations of violence against women.

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They initiated the project "Everyone in the Counterforce: No to violence in music," that, following an initial presentation at the Casa del Alba Cultural - more than two years ago, has toured the country with excellent results.

"Music has become in recent times a transmitter of violent values with a powerful influence in society," the artist told this writer, voicing her concern. "Many texts of songs present negative values that incite to violence against women. "Many present women as sex symbols, along with a marked tendency to homophobia, among other archaic values. I am convinced that we, as musicians, can reverse this situation. . . "

According Rochy, it is necessary to promote efforts and spaces where women performers fight on stage against gender violence, using music as an effective means to combat this scourge. In this way we can join forces in the task of building a society based on respect, equality and a culture of peace.

 "I consider myself fortunate," she told me, "that Everyone in the Counterforce: No to violence in music receives support from the Cuban Institute of Music, the Federation of Cuban Women and the Ministry of Education, through its Department of Art Education. I have also had the support of Dr. Julio César González Pagés , coordinator of the Network Ibero-American and African Network of Masculinities ( RIAM ) in our country with his team, and Dr. Isabel Moya, director of the review Women and Chair of the Department of Gender and Communication of the José Martí International Institute of Journalism. Also, the AHS and UNEAC and of course, the Ministry of Culture and its institutions.

"The experience , after two tours of the country , the first in 2012 and second in this year, has been enriching . Among the actions we take are lectures and workshops. The latter, called "Music and Culture: video clips and other cultural events in the triad of violence," is one of the most appreciated. It includes a theoretical part illustrated by the projection of music video clips . . .

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As of now, there are 33 CPNN articles on this theme, which shows the great extent to which music is the universal language of peace!

This report was posted on November 4, 2013.