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Every day, everywhere, and all over the world, women and girls face violence. At least 1 in 3 women will experience some form of violence during their lifetime – that is, more than one billion women worldwide. Do you want to end violence against women and girls worldwide? Then join the Say Enough Cypher, a campaign during the annual 16 Days of Activism that is saying ENOUGH to violence against women through rap, rhythm, and rhyme. MTBA is joining the cypher by passing the mic to girls from Mali, Niger, and India so they can express themselves on the topic. Watch their performances below and follow along during the 16 Days of Activism here and on Instagram and Twitter.

Today is Human Rights Day, and the last day of the 16 Days of Activism! MTBA participated in the #SayEnoughCypher which says ENOUGH to child marriage and gender-based violence. Along with our partners, MTBA hosted workshops which brought together spoken word artists and the girls that we work with in Mali, Niger, and India. The artists taught the girls how to write their own spoken word poems so they could use their voices to express themselves on child marriage and gender-based violence. MTBA’s key strategy is to give girls a voice to determine if and when they want to get married and to provide alternative life paths in an enabling environment so girls can achieve their dreams. #voiceandchoice

The videos produced during the 16 Days were created with MTBA partner organizations in Mali, Niger, and India.

In India girls are often blamed for the violence they experienced. In her poem Swapna challenges these existing norms.
She asks why we teach girls to protect themselves, instead of others not to commit these acts. #EndVaW #VoiceandChoice

Today we pass the mic to three girls from India: Sonali, Subhasmita, and Juel. Subhasmita reminds us that even though we have made technological advancements, girls still have to go through child marriage. Sonali emphasizes the importance of girl’s education. Juel tells us that women are creators, protectors, nurturers, and survivors. Listen to their words about violence against women and child marriage for the #SayEnoughCypher.

#MTBA works hard to keep girls in schools, increase mobility for girls to go to school and make schools a girl friendly and safe environment

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