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What Does Kanye West Have to Do with Refugee Women?

You may have heard that a video for Kanye West’s song “Monster” off his mega-hit album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” has been leaked prior to release. This video, which features rappers Jay-Z and Rick Ross in addition to Kanye West, shows incredibly disturbing and violent images of women.

Violence against women and girls is a global problem. It’s an issue the Women's Refugee Commission has been addressing for many years. During conflict and displacement, incidents of gender-based violence, including rape, exploitation and abuse, often soar.

This video demonstrates that even within the U.S. there is continued violence against women and girls. Although the video may be seen as creative expression by the artists, it continues to promote violence against women. This kind of “entertainment” is harmful and prevents change.

It’s vital that men as well as women speak out about violence against women. Kanye West and Jay-Z are highly influential males, particularly with youth. It’s a tragedy that they’re using their voices to glorify violence against women rather than engaging men to help achieve gender equality.

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