Lucy Thraves

Assistant Editor

Call for women to write new music ‘for human rights’

1:23, 16th May 2018

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Office has launched a campaign to promote, engage and reflect on human rights.

The foundation Donne in Musica (Women in Music) has issued a global call for new music inspired by the struggle for human rights, written by women composers of all ages, nationalities and musical backgrounds. Ten works chosen by an international commission will be performed and recorded in a gala concert in the Teatro Argentina, Rome on 5 November.

‘This event is to reaffirm that the rights of women and girls are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights,’ said Laurent Sauveur, chief of external relations of the UN Human Rights Office. ‘We look forward to the engagement of all musicians, teachers and researchers in promoting women’s artistic empowerment.’

Participants must be aged 8 or over, and may work in any musical idiom or genre.

The deadline for submission is 30 June.

For more information, visit www.standup4humanrights.org/

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