UN Chamber Music Society Concert in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
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25 November 2021 – In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on 25 November 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), will perform a concert dedicated to helping to eliminate violence against women and girls.


 Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.  This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis, and we need a global collective effort to stop it.  More needs to be done to prioritize addressing violence against women in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.  As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women, especially domestic violence, intensified – in some countries, calls to helplines have increased five-fold.


On this occasion, the UN Chamber Music Society will dedicate this concert to organizations committed to helping to eliminate violence against women: Violence Against Women aims to bring about societal change to members of the Palestinian society, especially women, by providing the right to a decent life, equality and equal.  Headquartered in Nazareth, the organization is committed to eliminating violence directed against women must be eliminated, as well as the conditions for women's oppression.  HACEY Health Initiative works to improve the health and productivity of women and girls in Nigeria and underserved populations in Africa.  Their programmes integrates health and economic empowerment programs, and addresses the root causes of gender-based violence by expanding opportunities to finance, counseling, and psycho-social support to women and girls across Nigeria. 

Opening remarks will be delivered by Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.  The concert will feature special performances from musicians of Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, including violinist Yamen Saadi; the Karajan Trio of the Berlin Philharmonic, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and the Trio Joubran.  Founded in 2016, the UN Chamber Music Society is dedicated to promoting the United Nations' goals and values at large - through the universal language of music.