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Shabana Azmi Joins Campaign Against Domestic and Sexual Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Commonwealth Secretariat has a new campaign to tackle the alarming rise in domestic and sexual violence during the -19 pandemic. Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi, who is supporting the campaign, said in a video message: “Violence against women and girls is a pandemic that destroys families, communities, and economies. “For far too long, society has not done nearly enough. For far too long, people have said it is a private matter of blame the victim or said she must have done something to deserve it. Shabana Azmi Speaks on How a Character in Brother Baba Azmi’s Film Redefines Masculinity

“My name is Shabana Azmi, I’m a film and actress from India. And I say no more. No more shame. No more blame. No more excuses. Join me in taking the pledge ‘Commonwealth Says NO MORE’.”,The Commonwealth Secretariat and the NO MORE Foundation launched the campaign. The launch was held at a special virtual event on Wednesday, which was attended by representatives and advocates from across the Commonwealth nations, representing nearly one-third of the world’s population. Shabana Azmi Shuns the Hardliner Stance That Music and Art Is Prohibited in Islam

The ‘Commonwealth Says NO MORE’ campaign came at a time when organisations across the globe have seen calls to hotlines for victims of abuse and demand for support services rise by 25 per cent to 300 per cent during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Even before the pandemic, one in three women across the world were beaten or sexually abused within their lifetime, making it a leading cause of death in women and girls.

Besides Shabana Azmi, other celebrities who joined the campaign included Kiribati President Taneti Maamau, Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor-General Rodney Williams, New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Helen Clark, British singer and Royal Commonwealth Society’s Ambassador Geri Horner, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas, British actor Colin Salmon and Australia actor Ryan Johnson.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Scotland, speaking at the launch of the portal, said: “It is indisputable that while the virus will one day, for many women, the ever- threat of violence will remain. Covid has emphatically exposed just how urgently we need a cure to flatten the rising curve of domestic and sexual violence. Business-as-usual is not an option.”

The digital portal provides easy-to-use tools and resources to help governments and -based organisations strengthen their efforts to support victims of domestic and sexual violence and those at risk.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 10, 2020 07:10 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Matias A’vone Is Paving His Own Path in the Music Industry

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Matias A’vone, a rapper from Washington, D.C. is making several news publications with his extraordinary rapping and singing skills. The musician has become an inspiration for many youngster’s who wish to pursue their passion for music in today’s ever evolving music industry.

His music is available on all major streaming sites and he is steadily increasing in popularity on his social media platforms. With his skilled song writing, the rap musician Matias A’vone is helping to pave the way for future rising D.C. .

Matias A’vone knows a lot about making music being a self taught rapper and singer. He’s even gone the extra mile to mix and master many of his own tracks. This has allowed him to network successfully with many music acts. In fact Matias has been connected to a few major names in the industry such as Chloe x Halle. Back in 2012 Matias helped Chloe and Halle win the fifth season of Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” resulting in the two making a cameo on Austin and Ally, as well as going on to sign with Beyoncé. He discovered the two singers competing and used his massive following to shift the votes into their over several rounds. Over the years Matias has maintained his relationship with the two.

Matias also worked with Mindless Behavior member, Princeton Perez. The two share the song “Show You”, which currently boasts over 50 thousand streams on Spotify. The track was originally released to SoundCloud back in 2018 racking up over 1 Million streams on the platform. The song appears on his latest project “Emotional Support”.

In a very scarce of time, he has risen to a new height in the hip-hop world as well as making a mark for his hometown.

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Mika Singh: Get Off Social Media and Help People Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Mika Singh feels people ought to stop indulging in Twitter sermonising and do some actual work if they want to pitch in with help amidst the pandemic. The singer has initiated a food service (Langar Seva) under his NGO, and had kickstarted his efforts Monday offering free meals to bus drivers, street kids, poor and the needy. “When the Farmers’ Protest took place and the farmers needed help, people indulged in Twitter-baazi, they kept tweeting that we will do this and we will do that, but nothing came out of it. There is no need to show on Twitter, step outside and help, do the actual bit. Sameera Reddy Shares Few Tips To Tackle Post-COVID 19 Weakness (Watch Video).

“Whenever there is an issue, people just hop onto Twitter and start . It’s my humble request to people, do actual help and stop bayaan baazi (sermonising) on Twitter,” said Mika. Mika has been an avid supporter of the farmers’ protest and still supports the cause, but believes that Covid is a bigger issue and everyone should start doing their bit. Akshay Kumar Gives a Shout Out to His African Fan Club For Donating Food Items to the Disabled.

He said: “I am certain that the government will take a decision. There is no one bigger than government and this matter (the farmers’ protest) should be resolved quickly. But right now, people are dying of hunger rather than coronavirus. We should also worry about people who are still alive and on road. People on road need food, the unemployed need food, people don’t have drinking water, clothes to wear and place to sleep, and it’s time we take living into consideration as well.”

Asked whether the entertainment industry was facing a backlash for not doing enough for people and just making tall claims on social media platforms, Mika replied: “I love Bollywood and I respect it. See, there are people who are actually doing good work and helping others, but there is huge brigade of people who just want to wear expensive shoes and watches. To that I say, if god has blessed you with good fortune, please help someone in need as well.”

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on May 11, 2021 11:31 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Asha Negi Takes a Dig at Celebrities Posing While Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine (View Post)

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TV star on Tuesday took a potshot at celebrities who make a big deal about posing for videos and pictures while getting vaccinated. “To all the actors who are uploading their vaccination videos… yaar awareness ke liye thik hai but please itni overacting mat kiya karo, bohot ho jaata hai (buddy, spreading awareness is a good thing but please cut down on the overacting, it gets annoying)!” Asha said in a note she posted on Sameera Reddy Shares Few Tips To Tackle Post-COVID 19 Weakness (Watch Video).

She had a further witty dig while captioning the note. “Please yaar! Aur haan log pooch rahe hain videographer khud le ja rahe ho ya hospital is providing (people wonder if you took the videographer along or if the hospital provided one)?” went the caption. Friends in the industry as well as fans loved her post. “Someone said it!!” wrote Rahul Sharma said. Amitabh Bachchan Recites Late Father and Poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s Words; Asks Everyone to Come Together To Defeat COVID-19 (Watch Video).

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“Abhi to pata ni kya kya dekhna padega aur kis kis ko.. (who knows what else one will have to see next) @ashanegi,” Nia Sharma wrote, in response to Asha’s post. Meiyang Chang wrote: “Tu hamesha sach bol deti hai jaanemann (you always state facts).” Other TV celebs Anita Hasnandani, Ravi Dubey, Sanjeeda Shaikh and Heli Daruwala responded with laughter emojis.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on May 11, 2021 11:00 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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