Message from the CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, marking ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls’

Message from Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2021

We, at Merck Foundation, mark the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls’ by releasing two songs – ‘Girl Can’ in English by singers from Ghana and Liberia, Cwezi & Irene respectively,and ‘Yes, You Can’ in Portuguese by Blazea singer from Mozambique, to support Girl education and women empowerment which will help them make an informed choice and know those right of not accepting any kind of violence whether physical or mental violence.

We strongly believe that education is the only powerful weapon to eradicate all violence against women and to advance women’s empowerment. Enjoy listening to the two songs by Merck Foundation, I am proud to be executive producer of both songs.

We have also released a children’s storybook called “Not Who You Are” to teach boys to love and respect their future wives. Moreover, to teach children about family values of love and respect.

Together we must eliminate Violence against Women & Girls. Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as the fulfillment of our human rights. And the promise of the SDGs to leave no one behind.

Kind regards,
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation
One of 100 Most Influential Africans (2020 & 2021)

Below are the details of the songs released as a part of the Merck Foundation Educating Linda program and the storybook:

Watch, share & subscribe to the Girl Can” song
Watch share & subscribe: Tu Podes Sim Portuguese song

To read the interesting story, “Not Who You Are” click on the link below:

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