On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Carolina Deslandes presented the project “Mulher” (Woman) at the Capitólio in Lisbon, in a call for attention to the theme of Violence against women, which this year already has 30 victims.
This singer’s project includes an EP with six original themes and a short film narrated and starring Carolina Deslandes and representing several generations of women victims of domestic violence was shown after a short presentation by the singer.
The singer started by thanking the public but also the entire team needed to carry out the project, many of them who this year have suffered so much from the pandemic, which Carolina calls “ghost professions” but which are indispensable for this and all cultural projects.
He then spoke of his grandmother and the stories that she told him, of the slaps that the grandmother gave to several men who had touched her, to the amazement of Carolina Deslandes at the age of 12, “this was the only way I had to defend myself” says the grandmother, “they have no right to touch my body or yours”, adds Carolina grandmother, very seriously.
At the age of 18, Carolina remembers the day when very upset, her grandmother arrives home and says that she had to stop the taxi where she was going because on the street a husband was beating his wife, got out of the taxi and stuck in front with the wife of this man and tried to make him stop the aggression, but came to the conclusion that the two could not stop this man’s aggression.
She then decided to lie down in the middle of the road and thus stop the traffic, shouting “your cowards, you will allow this to happen and do nothing”, something that happened many years ago, and probably still happens in Portugal and around the world, where who sees these acts take refuge, in a cowardly way, in the well-known saying, “between husband and wife, nobody gets between”, to justify their inaction.
After hearing her grandmother tell what happened, amazed Carolina asked “You were not afraid?“, to which the grandmother replied, “Every time we do nothing because we are afraid, they win“.
Only many years later, at the age of 29, the singer realized the importance that this phrase had for her, very emotional, says that the time had come to do something to change the world, however little it was.
Carolina Deslandes, 29 years old, almost 30, 30 that is the number of women murdered in Portugal in 2020, 16 in the context of intimate relationships, and based on these figures that everyone should be ashamed of, Carolina intends that everyone present at the end of the show goes away with the awareness that there is a problem, even if it is not a problem experienced by each of those present, it is necessary that everyone has empathy and help those who sometimes “have no voice“.
But even though it is necessary to change society, education for an awareness of this problem of violence that is not only physical but also psychological, Carolina Deslandes also states that “violence exists when someone feels that they have the right to impose themselves on our freedom ”.
Carolina still wants to see these tragic numbers diminish, remembering that unfortunately, it is still necessary to have the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, although she thinks that it will still have to exist for many years if only to remember so that no one will forget “ the struggle of being a woman in the world and in Portugal ”. It is also necessary to remember all the women who fought for change, so that today women have a voice, access to writing, reading and culture.
Then the director Filipe Correia Santos, responsible for the short film “Mulher”, calls the stage, which tells a story with 6 songs by the singer, mentioning that “the story is not mine but it belongs to so many women”.
Filipe Correia Santos begins by thanking the team that worked on the film, but also Carolina, who gave him a real reason for making a film, a theme that aims to raise awareness and change the ideas of those who see it, for the excellent collaboration, ideas, excellent songs and creative freedom. The director also mentions being very proud of the final result.
The director also mentions that despite all publications, especially on social networks, that many are calling attention to these social, humanitarian and citizenship problems, it is important to talk about these issues with art, as the change will not be achieved by decree, imposed or only in an informative way, change is possible with music, books, films, that is, with art and culture, and hopes that this film can contribute to this change.
The director also intends that those who see the film feel empathy for the victims, something that, according to Filipe Correia Santos, our lives lack, and that it is necessary for everyone to get involved in this cause for society to change.
Carolina also thanked UMAR – Union of Women Alternative and Response, an association to combat and help women victims of violence. It also have shelter houses and transition apartments for women and children, but also goes to schools to teach and help children and young people and talk about what is or is not allowed to do in intimate relationships and to whom the singer donated all the money of this project.
She also thanks MEO, of which she is an ambassador, for believed in this project and made it there own, to the musicians who collaborated, to Diogo Clemente who produced and played, to Agir for also producing some songs, finally to all the women who inspire her every day, family and friends and hopes that one day women will see themselves as a “brotherhood” that help each other and not as competitors, to Sofia Vieira of Sons em Transito and to the audience that is present and that helps to spread the message that it’s safe to go to cultural events.
Filipe Correia Santos‘ short film with music and narration by Carolina Deslandes was presented. Pedro Caldeirão was the producer. Maria Manuela, Paloma Rodhner, Bárbara Rodhner, Filipe Crawford, Diogo Clemente and David Saraiva are some of the actors.
After the film, a mini concert followed, where Carolina Deslandes performed live the songs of the film, “Tempestade”, “Apetece”, “Vergonha na Cara”, “Não me importa”, “Sinais de Fumo” and “Faz Morada em Mim ”.
Songs with lyrics by Carolina Deslandes and Diogo Clemente in “Não me importa”, strong themes that talk about violence against women but also about the pressure of the media and at work on women, Xenophobism and gender discrimination.