Sounds Like Women, as a part of series ‘Music For Life’ on the 26/04 organised a very special event - the 'Music For Life of domestic violence victims - live from home - 6hour live music streaming challenge #2 to start this fundraiser.
The aim of this fundraiser challenge #2 is to raise monies for Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Services (SWA) - a local Women’s Aid. They directly helping women who have been affected by domestic abuse especially, during the ‘lockdown’ time. Increase of cases related to it is already over 80%! All the proceeds will go to the services.
The challenge involved singing and playing music for the 6 hours, from homes around the world, featuring female artists who performed original tunes and some covers of well-known songs. Streamed from Facebook Sounds Like Women’s fan page like from a virtual venue we had singers and music lovers, who cheered you up and enjoyed the moment together in this difficult time of isolation. We were also inspired by stories from domestic abuse survivors who have been collaborating with our project. Please watch the short film above (4.50 min) & thank you for your kind donations!
Inspiring is empowering…
Music & social project - Sounds Like Women was founded by Luiza Staniec - Moir, a Polish/British singer, songwriter, music producer, pianist, sound therapist and entrepreneur in 2018. The project's general mission is to empower women & girls from around the world through music and wide range of musical activities.
More about it in 5min documentary:
Our general aim is to raise awareness about the most pressing issues for women, empower them through the songs inspired by real women's stories of domestic violence, racial biases and inequality and sung by international female artists. We want to give a voice to those who don’t have an opportunity to speak, let them be heard & understood, bring relief, hope & solutions.
Currently, we are in partnership with British NGO - a local branch of Women's Aid (SWA) Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Services.
At the moment we are collaborating with over 35 different female and some male international musicians - singers and instrumentalists, who have became a part of the live streaming events, and also help Luiza to write and record next two mini albums (EPs), with inspiring stories of women who were affected by domestic violence, racial biases and gender based inequality. So far, we've got artists from Spain, Poland, Hungary, France, Georgia, Turkey, the UK, the USA, Russia, Congo/Zambia, Iran, Israel and it is getting bigger and further...
The first mini album - EP1 called 'Without Violence & of all Colours' was released in March 2019 and helped directly many women to understand and tackle the issues.
Clips of the songs (all in 5min):
The release was followed by a live tour in the UK and Poland, with discussion panels full of experts from women's and family supporting fields.
Clip of the shows in 5 min:
EP2 with another real women's stories from around the world, told through an empowering songs will be released later this year.
With our mission and the musical activities we want make people stop, listen and care. We strongly believe that our perseverance, passion and the songs will do more than any words - everyone loves music!
A glimpse of Luiza's (the Founder) story:
Years ago, I was a single mother and being trapped in abusive relationship I wanted to commit suicide. But thankfully, instead, like in a trance, I started writing songs, stories about my pain and struggles, letting go all the suppressed feelings and thoughts. That way I finally managed to empower and free my voice & myself, found the way back from abusive and negative relationship. Years later, being very lucky I released several albums and collaborated with many artists. I also understood that since I was 6 (and was told by my family that I have no voice & rights to speak), then found a piano at local community centre music found me, and ever since was my platform of communicating with the rest of the world. As well, writing songs gave me relief, hope, and power to deal with all the struggles, I was going through, as a single, mother living in a communist country, as a victim of domestic violence, and a woman working in music industry. Writing songs, performing helped me survive and stay sane & positive, no matter what.
I also met many women with similar experiences to mine and realised that I can help them with music too, just like I was able to help myself. So, against all odds, I finished Art Therapy at Warsaw University, and in my forties, I learned the technical part of music production in London. Then proudly created Sounds Like Women project and Community Interest Company with its mission of empowering women & girls from around the world through music and range of music related activities.
Luiza Staniec - Moir