“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression... Our endeavours must be about the liberation of the woman, the emancipation of the man and the liberty of the child.”
— Nelson Mandela
Hi there, this page is full of information about all things female and the injustices women and girls still face today (of which there are still many). After living through an abusive and violent marriage I understand what it is like for many women who still do not have a voice. My passion now is to use my gifts, talents and voice not only to bring pleasure and enjoyment to people through my music but also to create awareness of all the issues that society needs to tackle if we are to see a fairer and more equal world for women and girls to live in.
Currently two women a week are killed in the UK through intimate partner violence. 1 in 3 females globally will experience some form of violence or sexual abuse in their lifetime and violence against women and girls (VAWG), is one of the greatest and most pervasive forms of human rights violations existing in our world today. Economic Poverty for the female gender is an issue that is close to my heart and I would like to see women and girls given more opportunities and become empowered from an early age to be able to make better choices, where they can become financially independent and not dependant on governments or charities in order to survive.
Today women all over the world face female genital mutilation, forced marriages, sexual harassment, rape, unequal education, the disparity in pay (otherwise known as the Gender Pay Gap), lack of flexible and well paying employment opportunities, Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA), honour killings, femicide, infanticide and lack of equality and opportunities in business, media and the corporate world. Family law courts are archaic and do not cater or understand the need to protect women and children. They have outdated laws that need to be changed. We need to address these things and bring reformation so that women and girls everywhere are free from all forms of oppression and violence and free to make their own decisions.
I'd like to share this information with the people I sing for and encourage them to think about what they can do to be part of the solution. I hope you find this section informative and interesting.
Rachel E Reader
“What you tolerate you cannot change”
What is Domestic Violence?
The Female Face of Poverty and Financial Abuse Against Women
“Domestic violence alone costs approximately $32.9 billion in England and Wales. ”
— UN Women
The Female Face of Poverty
A great article which covers just about everything! Worth a read.