“Many of us think that we live in a modern progressive world, yet everywhere in every country in this world, probably yards from where we are, there are women who are being attacked by men. There are women who are being raped. Rape is a common weapon of war still, and yet we the men are not really actively engaged in trying to stop this or prevent it. It’s the women who have had the courage to speak out, often risking their own lives and that of their loved ones and we need to do out bit now. We need to teach our sons to respect women, to make change and make sure that this can’t happen any longer. One million men is the target, we need billions of men to think and act like these brave women are doing, where everyone can be respected and live their lives in safety. Thanks.”
More about Peter Gabriel:
Peter Gabriel is best known as a musician. He started his solo work in 1975 after leaving his old school group, Genesis. He has released eleven solo albums and written soundtracks for three films.
In 1980 he founded WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance), which has presented 150 festivals in over 40 countries. In 1989 he conceived of and co-founded Witness.org, pioneering the use of cameras and technology in human rights work and was co-founder with Richard Branson of the Elders.org, to bring together a small group of highly respected global elders, which Nelson Mandela launched in July 2007.
His other work interests have been in innovative technology, especially in digital media, music, audio and more recently a visual language.
Amongst awards received are the Man of Peace award, presented by the Nobel Peace Laureates in 2007, the ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ and the ‘Quadriga’ award. He has received various lifetime achievement awards including BT’s Digital Music Pioneer Award, The Polar Music Prize, as well as five Grammy awards and an Oscar nomination.
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