Art for Non-Violence towards Women and Girls

Dedicated on this occasion to International Women's Day, several members of the Red de Artistas Únete (artists network), contestants of the Cuban TV talent show ‘Bailando en Cuba', young people from the Arte Corte workshops, children from nearby schools and older people gathered last week in the Callejón de los Peluqueros to interpret a choreography with the group ‘Paso a paso' (Step by step).

According to the singer and leader of the project Tod@s Contracorriente, Rochy Ameneiro, it is very important to create spaces where everyone, from their place and their work, can contribute to promoting a culture of peace.

Ameneiro reminded us that a flashmob is the name that used to be given to a large group of people who meets in a public place, in order to entertain.

For his part, Enmanuel George, a member of the coordinating team of the RIAM highlighted the importance of the initiative which has come out of an academic framework to involve the whole family through music and dance.

"It is a space of inclusion that incorporates diverse people, regardless of their capabilities, in the same experience. It is an action that is happens in the community, in informal spaces, outside the classrooms or halls, so it is easier for people to join, "he explained.

Coordinated by the Tod@s Contracorriente project, the initiative also has the support of the Ibero-American and African Network of Masculinities (Riam), UNETE Campaign of the United Nations, the Cuban Institute of Music, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Rueda Producciones.

The first flashmob for Nonviolence in Cuba took place on 25 November in 2015, also with the direction by Rochy and the Artists Network, with the support of RIAM and Paso a paso, which brought together some 2,000 people in the park on 15th and 16th streets, in the Vedado area of Havana.

This time it wanted to do the action in a small space and link it to a community and neighborhood project (Arte Corte), at the start of a longer term project working with young people who are not currently in study or work.

Link to original report in Mujeres magazine in Spanish