The Most Important Song You'll Hear On Spotify All Year
Spotify has released a new soundscape track titled 'Walk Like A Woman' which aims to give men a taste of what it’s like for women to walk alone at night.
Eurydice Dixon. Aiia Maasarwe. Jill Meagher.
What do all these women have in common?
All innocent. All walking the streets alone at night. All murdered.
Their deaths sparked a national outcry. Women all across the country began sharing their stories of how they have learned how to protect themselves as they walk home alone at night.
Now, Spotify has joined forces with Plan International Australia to release the track Walk Like A Woman -- a chillingly realistic immersive soundscape that will allow men to experience what it’s like for women to walk alone at night.
It’s part of a broader campaign from Plan International Australia to make public spaces safer and more accessible, and improve gender equality. It will also include street and online advertising, as well as tips for how men can help girls and women feel safer.
Plan International CEO, Susanne Legana, told 10 daily that the idea was born out of a lot of feedback from both women and men.
"There are a lot of places where women don’t feel safe," she said. "But there are also a lot of young men who didn't realise the kind of fear women are subjected to."
"The tragic death of Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne brought the issue of safety for young women to the forefront," Legena said.
The soundscape, entitled Walk Like A Woman, aims to speak to the growing movement of men who want to help girls and women feel safe.
"We're hoping that young men will listen to the track, and they will perhaps realise this is an issue for their female friends," Legana said.
We're hoping that perhaps this will then even begin a small change in the way not only men, but everyone moves around our cities.
As part of the campaign Plan International will also include tips on their website to help men understand how to make women feel comfortable and safe in their surroundings.
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