The hugely popular Haitian hip-hop group Mystik 703 has partnered with global humanitarian organization International Medical Corps in a campaign to end violence against women.
“We all know that violence against women has drastically increased since the January 12 earthquake,” says Dedkra-Z, one of the members of Mystik 703. “When International Medical Corps approached us about making this song, we all agreed that it was a great opportunity to give the fight to end violence against women a stronger voice in Haiti.”
The newly released song, “Pa Fè Yo Abi,” is inspired by the women of Haiti and seeks to create awareness, particularly among the country’s youth, that violence against women cannot be tolerated. Mystik 703 – a band known for its music focused on positive messages – and International Medical Corps launched the campaign with a concert in Jacmel, in southern Haiti. The two are now distributing the song so that it can be shared widely throughout the country.
This initiative is part of a long-term International Medical Corps program combating sexual and gender-based violence in Haiti, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). A first-responder to the January 12 earthquake, International Medical Corps is committed to bridging relief and sustainable development within the Haitian health, education, and social protection sectors, as well as capacity strengthening in key areas, including health policy, health education, health service delivery, human resources development, and environmental health.
Mystik 703 has produced two albums and nine music videos and is planning a North American tour this winter. For more information about the band, visit: http://www.myspace.com/mystik703.