[NetBehaviour] Rojava campaign powered by female:pressure

helen varley jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Mon Apr 11 15:07:54 CEST 2016

congratulations, antye! :)

On 7/04/16 4:28 17PM, AGF poemproducer wrote:
> dear list, rmember the call for Rojava … here the results….
> fyi
> agee
> IN 2015 the International network female:pressure (1700 members, 65
> countries) launched an online music, awareness & solidarity campaign
> with the women fighters & the Rojava revolution via multiple media
> outlets.
> Please visit these pages to see the wide spread impact:
> female:pressure project page
> http://www.femalepressure.net/rojava.html
> Soundcloud - 30 000 listens (April 2016)
> https://soundcloud.com/femalepressure/sets/rojava-female-pressure
> Bandcamp / Donations - approx 600 €  (April 2016)
> https://femalepressure.bandcamp.com/album/music-awareness-solidarity-w-rojava-revolution
> List of press results
> https://femalepressure.wordpress.com/press-review/
> CTM Festival Berlin Panel 150 participants, streaming 200€ donation to
> Rojava women
> http://www.femalepressure.net/rojava.html
> Best album FACT MAG 2016
> http://www.factmag.com/2016/03/25/best-albums-first-quarter-report-2016/
> Remarkable review in one of the biggest music magazines
> http://www.factmag.com/2016/03/10/best-bandcamp-releases/2/
> Extensive social media out reach through facebook, twitter, tumblr and
> other.
> The concrete impact has been in raising awareness in the Western world
> - where talk, work has activated intercultural interest,
> communication, support and solidarity, responsibility and
> understanding. For example:
> - 10000s of women artists were reached worldwide via social media and
> email lists
> - 40 music compositions and artworks were created and contributed
> which have been listened to min. 30 000 times
> on https://soundcloud.com/femalepressure/sets/rojava-female-pressure
> - CTM Festival Berlin hosted a panel with female:pressure on Rojava,
> where we invited Kurdish women activists and artists, with over 150
> attendees and online streaming of the event, entrance donations (of
> over 200 Euro) were donated directly to Rojava's women support groups.
> - 10+ radio shows were produced on the subject matter, with music and
> interviews
> - 20+ articles were published (e.g. The Quietus, FACT) still ongoing
> - Bandcamp compilation was installed which guarantees an ongoing
> direct donation system to support women in Rojava and the war zone for
> a safe village, revenue so far over 600 Euro / ongoing
> The project has shown that solidarity can be achived through art and
> music and that a real connection can be established for intercultural
> exchange and understanding and common solution projects.
> The campaign primarily aims at raising awareness around the resistance
> movement currently taking place in the cantons of #Rojava (located in
> northern Syria), where women participate on all levels of decision
> making and building a new society from scratch, with built-in social,
> racial and ethnic justice, religious freedom, ecological principles
> and gender equality. Despite vast cultural and historical differences
> between Europe and Kurdistan, the campaign uses art & music to bridge
> these and build long-lasting real-life connections based on dialogue
> and respect, involving as many Kurdish musicians and activists as
> possible (still ongoing).
> female:pressure raise awareness for the women of Rojava, their
> struggle, ideas and implementations on the ground including famously
> defeating areas captured by the Islamic State. Mass media have been
> silent and struggle to report on the Kurdish region and the complex
> issues, due to the danger it holds through IS, war, airstrikes by
> Russia, USA and allies and the Turkish war on Kurds. As the PKK is
> officially named as a terrorist organisation (e.g. by USA & the EU),
> many global and European news platforms do not report at all or if so,
> with a large bias in favour of Turkey's current government. The
> campaign aims to activate a dialog, solidarity with women in war,
> investigate further into these complex issues and not to stay stagnant
> with inaction to the detriment of huge number of human rights
> violations in the area. The challenges addressed are huge: extremely
> complex global politics and economics, post-colonial challenges of
> war, systematic prejudice & inequality, corruption, terrorism,
> fundamentalism, the role of the women in society. Quote from "Women &
> The Gun": "Rojava is a chance for the whole world...[for] energy to
> continue our fight for a better life." Awareness is necessary to
> activate critical reflection and action, the female:pressure network
> can help activate this.
> The target group is the largly uninformed global public. All women and
> feminists are the target group to acknowledge the inspirational,
> revolutionary work undertaken by the women of Rojava and re-think
> their stance on feminism, equality and justice. By putting art and
> music in the centre-point of this campaign, we believe we can have a
> wide reach to a range of different people. We have already been
> successful with wide press coverage from online music publications, as
> well as a large audience including many young people who attended a
> panel event organised by female:pressure around this campaign at CTM
> Festival Berlin, in February 2016. female:pressure stands for an
> inclusive feminism which promotes dialogue and visibility for women.
> Since female:pressure is a large international network, the networking
> can achieve a world wide spreading of information.
> Challenges we encountered were that many women and men were concerned
> about the militarized content. female:pressure artists are against
> violence and war. However, discussions evolved through listening to
> the women in the war zones towards an understanding that pacifism is a
> choice for the privileged. Although peace and equality are ultimately
> desired, the women fighters are forced to fight as a matter of
> survival. Many women were impressed by the bravery of these women
> fighters. Overwhelmingly, women have come out in support of the
> inspiring vision to build a gender equal, multi-ethnic society from
> the bottom-up.
> White western academic feminism has been criticised in favour of
> building an equal world on the ground, and resisting a
> universalisation of white feminism's values particularly where complex
> historical, politico-economic, ethnic and religious issues are at stake. 
> The recent attacks on civilians in Turkey claimed by the militant
> Kurdish organization TAK, and their alleged links to the PKK have
> added to this complex situation. We have continued to discuss with
> some members continuing their show of solidarity to the Rojava
> revolution (limited to their use of warfare for self-defense), and
> others sceptical of this potential connection.  
> female: pressure works on a voluntary basis and no money was involved,
> except the income we generated through the CTM panel and the Bandcamp
> compilation which was completely donated to Rojava support funds.
> CTM Festival, Berlin, supported the project and helped creating a
> broad public.
> Many newspapers and radio stations have published the actions.
> Norient, a network for global sounds and media culture, invited us to
> contribute to their exhibition.
> The project holds a vision that we can build bridges out of privileged
> Western societies and work together on common goals, such as equality.
> It shows how people who live under very different conditions can
> co-exist and listen to each other. It is important that we collaborate
> and build real life connections. These events are unfolding by the day
> and demonstrate the fragility in the region which is war-torn and
> under severe threat. Women in the Syrian war face death, sexual abuse,
> extreme violence and sexual slavery. It has been said that these women
> build a new vision for the region but also for the whole world.
> female:pressure has contributed to make this struggle audible in the
> west. The project is extraordinary for the awareness it has raised so
> far, as well as the new connections between activists and artists in
> the Middle East and all over the world which have resulted.
> sound & curation
> AGF: @poemproducer
> www.poemproducer.com <http://www.poemproducer.com>
> www.antyegreie.com <http://www.antyegreie.com>
> https://soundcloud.com/agf-antye-greie
> https://agf-poemproducer.bandcamp.com/
> https://vimeo.com/channels/poemproducer/
> NEW ALBUM: Kon:3p>UTION to: e[VOL]ution: AGF solo album May 2016
> https://agf-poemproducer.bandcamp.com/album/kon-3p-ution-to-e-vol-ution
> MASHmix
> https://www.mixcloud.com/poemproducer/greim-kon-king-and-queen-warriors-from-the-worldwide/
> Music, Awareness & Solidarity with #Rojava powered by female:pressure 
> http://www.femalepressure.net/rojava.html
> FIELD WORK (sonic wild{er}ness)
> http://fieldnotes.hybridmatters.net/posts/sonic-wild-code
> https://vimeo.com/channels/poemproducer/139911900
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