This post originally appeared on the Transcend: Art and Peace (T:AP) network.
Welcome to Week #5 of our seven-week series on music for peace. For more than a decade, Music for Peace (MfP) musicians have used their talent to advocate for peace and social change in northern Uganda. Through partnerships with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their own initiatives, they have released popular songs on a range of topics, including children’s rights, sexual and gender-based violence, stigmatization of former-combatants, the International Criminal Court (ICC), cultural preservation, HIV/AIDS and malaria, among others.
This week, we will discuss the role of music as advocacy. MfP has recently been awarded a small grant from Lisle International to implement a project to engage conflict-affected communities in northern Uganda in music advocacy for justice and reconciliation. The project will facilitate victims’ groups to develop three songs on reparations, gender justice and missing persons to be used in ongoing advocacy for victim-centered transitional justice in Uganda.
You are invited to visit http://www.mfpuganda.org/2014/01/205/ to learn more about MfP’s upcoming music advocacy project on justice and reconciliation. Please consider responding to the following questions before next Friday:
- What about music makes it well-suited for supporting advocacy campaigns?
- What types of music are most compelling in sensitizing groups and changing attitudes and behaviours?
- What other reflections would you like to share pertaining to this week’s theme on music as advocacy?
Further Reading: http://www.lisleinternational.org/grants.shtml