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“MUJER VALIENTE” -
SPANISH-LANGUAGE VERSION OF “LIKE A WOMAN” RELEASED TODAY
RECORDED BY KIKE JIMÉNEZ OF THE VOICE MEXICO, AND SEAN O'CONNELL
PRODUCED BY ONE BILLION RISING GLOBAL COORDINATOR ANDRES NAIME
Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood And Global Influencers Celebrate & Share Song Calling on Men to Join the Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls
WHO: Kike Jiménez, finalist on The Voice Mexico, and singer of “Mujer Valiente”; Sean O’Connell, singer of “Mujer Valiente”; Ryan Amador, singer/songwriter of “Like A Woman”; Eve Ensler, playwright, activist and founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising, the organization releasing “Mujer Valiente”; Andres Naime, One Billion Rising Mexico global coordinator, Producer of “Mujer Valiente”
WHAT: Today, Kike Jiménez (finalist on The Voice Mexico) and Sean O’Connell are releasing “Mujer Valiente” in partnership with One Billion Rising and produced by One Billion Rising Mexico global coordinator Andres Naime. It will be performed live tonight following a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” in Mexico City. Listen to it now at https://www.like-a-woman.org/.
“Mujer Valiente” is the Spanish version of “Like A Woman,” by singer/songwriter Ryan Amador, which was released by One Billion Rising on Friday March 8, International Women’s Day. Produced by Hanan Rubinstein (Alicia Keys, Rita Ora, Nick Jonas) with a music video directed by Sekou Luke (“The Time is Now...featuring Chantal Georges and Thandie Newton”), the song calls men to recognize and support women’s leadership, and to join the movement to end gender-based violence.
The release of “Mujer Valiente” and “Like a Woman” is part of V-Day’s 20th anniversary (V20) initiative to create new disruptive art pieces that inspire people to act. Both versions will now be part of the One Billion Rising activist-led events that take place across the globe.
The song has gone viral since it’s #IWD2019 release with influencers including V-Day Board member/actor/activist Thandie Newton, actor/activist Evan Rachel Wood, and others sharing it with their followers.
WHY: “We need this type of movement in 2019. Many of us young people believe there’s no such thing as misogyny or gender-based violence anymore, when really it’s as strong as ever. Every day there are new cases of missing women, many sold, murdered, or victims of violence at home. It is so important that we create consciousness and awareness that these are real and actual problems that cannot be ignored. It’s an honor to be a voice for this amazing cause.” - Kike Jiménez, singer of “Mujer Valiente”
“When I heard this song I was so moved to hear a man openly with pride and joy publicly declare his desire to be more like a woman. It felt like a game changer.” - Eve Ensler, playwright, activist and founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising
MORE: Listen to the song and learn more about the campaign at https://www.like-a-woman.org/.
About Like a Woman:
Activists are inviting men to share videos with the hashtag #LikeAWoman, reflecting men’s appreciation for the women in their lives while also considering what it means to live as a man in our world where one in three women are directly affected by sexual violence.
The “Like A Woman” music video features men giving this type of tribute: Albery Abreu, Robert Airhart, Jessie Samano, Josue Arguelles, Jameal Bailey, Micah Bochart, Sid Cullman, John Van Duinen, Taylor Durland, Elijah Goldstein, Luke Harris, James Ingram Jr., John Krause, James Lecesne, Tony Montenieri, Russell Peck, Tony Porter, Carlos Rodriguez, Bhinish Shah, Lee Schere, Babak Tafti, Justin Paul Ware, Ezra Young, and Zaire Young all appear.
“Like A Woman” is the second song released by V-Day and One Billion Rising this year in celebration of the V-Day’s 20th anniversary. Both songs call on men to become more active in the global movement to end violence against women and girls. The first song/video, “Dismantle” by hip hop duo Charity Croff and Jacob Denzel of ArchDuke, is available now at dismantlepatriarchy.org.
About V-Day and One Billion Rising:
Twenty years ago, Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence).
Since 1998, The Vagina Monologues and other works have been performed across the world by local V-Day activists, raising over $100 million dollars for grassroots anti-violence groups, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and safe houses in places like Kenya and Afghanistan. V-Day supports and launched the City of Joy, a revolutionary center for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has graduated over 1000 women leaders.
In 2013, V-Day gave birth to One Billion Rising – the largest mass action to demand an end to violence against women in history. V-Day and One Billion Rising are a crucial part of the global fight to stop gender-based violence through attacking the silence – public and private – that allows violence against women to continue.
With ingenuity and determination, V-Day activists around the world are tirelessly working to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.