How far will mankind go to tarnish the beauty and legacy of women? One man turns to the power of music to raise awareness.
Singer and songwriter Little Richard once said, “I think God made a woman to be strong, and not to be trampled under the feet of men. I’ve always felt this way because my mother was a strong woman–without a husband.”
These words may sound like that of a broken record when it comes to equality for women, or conversation about women in general These words might even carry more weight among men in modern society today–and they should.
It’s said that behind every good man is a good man, which makes the overall treatment and regard crucial to molding and shaping of modern society. What happens, however, when a man watches as women are forced into uncomfortable situations–right in front of him? In music producer RL Grime’s case, that man collaborates with one of the world’s leading organizations for global issues to create a living, breathing work of art.
According to Upworthy.com, Grime recently teamed up with UNICEF to produce and shoot the surreal, gritty and heartbreaking music video shown above. The video, depicting the pain that young, school-age girls around the world withstand while being forced to wed and even bear children, is catching the attention of millions. Many of these girls aren’t even in high school, or are preparing to start high school, when their lives are turned upside-down. Education often becomes secondary as they slowly fall into the role of wife, mother–and sometimes, slave.
So, why shine a light on something that’s been happening perhaps much longer than we think? Why talk about women in this manner, especially in 2016? The reality is, things like this are still happening–and women still have to fight for equality. They still need a voice–and if they don’t have it, mankind needs to step up and be that voice for them. Upworthy.com contributor Morgan Shoaff said it best:
“Everyone deserves to lead a rich, fulfilling, and healthy life.”
Instead of worrying about what shoes we’re going to wear tomorrow or how we look in the mirror, perhaps we should be testing and challenging our own frame of relevancy.
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