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Love Has a Voice - for Afghanistan in August 2021

... You are not alone, we're singing with you
We hear your voice. Hey, that's our song too!
All around the Earth the women are humming
and the song of the Spring is rising

If they hurt you Malalai, they will not kill your voice
You're a song of the women in every place
They can cut the flower, but they can never stop the Spring
The buds are opening in our gardens too ...

These words are from our song 'Love Has a Voice', which is dedicated to the women and girls of Afghanistan. With the Taliban's terrifying return to power this month, they are singing from all Chorus hearts to our Afghani sisters, including those who live in Australia and fear for loved ones in that war-torn country.

A Chorus of Women sang 'Love Has a Voice' to 28-year-old Afghan MP Malalai Joya at a moving 2007 UNIFEM Australia International Women's Day gathering in Canberra attended by 850 people.

A Chorus of Women directed by Meg Rigby

Malalai Joya had survived numerous Taliban assassination attempts by the time she visited Australia. Songwriter Glenda Cloughley was inspired by Malalai's statement: 'They can cut the flower, but they can never stop the Spring'.

We sang 'Love Has a Voice' for the people of Afghanistan four years after Chorus began with our 'Lament' for the people of Iraq. The song incorporates the 'Lament'.

... We sing for peace through the power of love
Hear the wisdom of women, hear our song.

We send our deep appreciation and support to all educators of Afghani girls and women, human rights defenders and journalists. 

You can read the full lyrics and hear the song here.

Here is a link to a 17 August essay by Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who became an international advocate for girls' education after she was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 on her way home from school.

Independent mediation for climate change

Chorus is launching a new project led by women to break the deadlock and help the best thinking minds from all perspectives to come together to consider the issue of climate change. Such a national (and indeed world) ‘thinking organ’ could offer to the currently opposing political forces an opportunity to collaborate in finding a just and sustainable way to stabilise the climate and secure a safe future for our children without renouncing their overall convictions. Go to our 'PROJECTS PAGE' for more information. 

Vale Bob Hawke

In A Chorus of Women we recall fondly the former Prime Minister joining the cast of 80 Canberra citizens in Old Parliament House for Closing Night of our 2010 Floriade Festival production of The Gifts of the Furies.  In front of a packed House of Representatives, Bob Hawke delivered the verdict in the trial we staged between The Furies of Earth and Lord Reason, with Ethos presiding. The trial scene is the centrepiece of The Gifts of the Furies, which our composer Glenda Cloughley based on The Eumenides, a Greek tragedy from 458 BCE whose happy ending follows the people's commitment to compassionate justice and harmony with the Earth. Bob Hawke loved the big story-song, declaring in an impromptu speech afterwards that ‘the environment is the Number One issue for me.' Read more about our performances of The Gifts of the Furies.

See Bob Hawke’s impromptu speech and his cameo role in the House he led as Prime Minister from 1983.
The performance video concludes with The Promise sung to Gaia by the Chorus of Citizens.

See excerpts of The Gifts of the Furies 2010


Lest We Forget

On Anzac Day ABC presenter and Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied tweeted 'Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Palestine, Syria)'. She was widely attacked and accused of being 'disrespectful'.

Here is our response to these attacks and our own song 'Lest We Forget' which we recently recorded using Yassmin's words.


A Chorus of Women commenting on the 2016 election

Just in time for the 2016 Australian Election — A Chorus of Women calls for the kind of politicians citizens crave!

Funny thing is Glenda Cloughley wrote the song four federal elections ago. The occasion then was a Chorus gig to encourage good women to stand for political office.