Today is International Women’s Day. On this day, we sharpen our focus on the issues that will help women and girls achieve their dreams by creating a more gender inclusive world in which all people have an equal opportunity to pursue their ambitions.

IWD 2017 celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also raises awareness of the serious challenges women around the world face every day, like domestic violence and the lack of access to education.

I’d like to share a song I wrote about domestic violence. It’s a hard subject to tackle, but it is important to bring the conversation to the forefront if we are ever going to take concrete actions that will bring us closer to ending domestic violence forever.

The song is called, “Damn the Reason.” It was important to me that the song took a compassionate rather than judgmental look at the plight of the victim and how easily someone can become trapped. The double entendre in the line, “Don’t want to see myself in your eyes” shows that she knows how dangerous it is to be physically close to her partner, but it is also the shame she suffers at loosing sight of herself. But, shame will not survive if it is met with empathy.

Shockingly, 1 in 3 women around the world, regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, or class, will be victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. If we break the silence by speaking out and stand together, I do believe we can end domestic violence.

IWD is calling on us to make a change. Find out how you can take action:

Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange?