Make Music Matter was recognized at the Senate of Canada on Persons Day 2018. We thank Senator Marilou McPhedran for the warm welcome! Below is the statement that was shared in the Red Chamber on October 18, 2018.

1st Session, 42nd Parliament
Volume 150, Issue 237

Thursday, October 18, 2018
The Honourable George J. Furey, Speaker

Persons Day

Welcome to Make Music Matter and Ms. McClung

Honourable Senators,

It’s Persons Day – no woman senator would be in this Chamber today without the win in the Persons Case. At the core of why the Famous Five fought is gender equality. Yesterday Senator Andreychuk told us about why Dr. Denis Mukwege and Ms. Nadia Murad received the Nobel Peace Prize. Again, the heart of this Nobel went to the struggle worldwide for gender equality and the right to live free from violence.

With us in the Chamber, we have Manitoba’s Darcy Ataman, Founder and CEO of Make Music Matter, and Ms. Shannon Johnson, Director of Operations.

Make Music Matter is the Canadian charity that pioneered Healing in Harmony, which began with Dr. Mukwege in the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DRC. University researchers are confirming substantial ground-breaking on the lives of sexual assault and rape survivors. Through their partnership with Dr. Mukwege and others, Make Music Matter has been able to use music as a tool for healing, giving survivors an avenue to be heard and to heal internal wounds.

I also wish to recognize the solidarity and collaboration among genders to address feminist issues. Dr. Mukwege and Mr. Ataman are both examples of how engaging men and boys is a successful approach to achieving greater gender equality, security and healing for survivors of gender-based violence.

Today Senators, today is Persons Day. As we speak of a feminist agenda or of the recognition of gender equality, let us remind ourselves that it was 1929 that Canada recognized women as “persons.”

Dans les tribunes nous avons avec nous la petite-fille de Nellie McClung. Madame Marcia McClung continue de garder le travail de sa grand-mère, femme reconnue parmi les Célèbres cinq, en vie pour combattre l’inégalité du genre et promouvoir l’inclusion des femmes dans la vie politique.

It is my pleasure, along with Ms. McClung to be welcoming the Canadian Women’s Foundation to the Hill tonight as we celebrate Persons Day at a reception from 5 pm to 7 pm in room 256-S.

I encourage you, colleagues, to stop by and join us in celebration of this milestone in Canadian history.

Thank you, merci, miigwetch.



Congolese doctor awarded Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work
Founder of Panzi Hospital and Foundations strengthens partnership with Canadian NGO
Make Music Matter, plans to expand music therapy program for survivors of sexual violence

Winnipeg, Canada (October 5, 2018) – Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and founder of Panzi Foundation USA and Panzi Foundation DRC, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is recognized for his humanitarian work with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Since founding the Panzi Hospital in 1999, Dr. Mukwege and his staff have helped care for more
than 48 000 survivors of sexual violence by providing medical treatment, legal support and
psychosocial services.

The award comes on the heels of the successful implementation of the Healing in Harmony Program, a unique form of music therapy in partnership with the Canadian NGO Make Music Matter, Panzi Foundation USA and with support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. This innovative initiative implemented at Panzi’s after-care facility, Maison Dorcas, as well as at more remote sites in Mulamba and Beni with even more sites opening beyond the DRC in November, uses music to support psychosocial healing for survivors of sexual violence. The program moves beyond traditional music therapy techniques by treating each participant as a true artist and integrating songwriting, production and performance of music into the treatment pathway.

“We congratulate Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Panzi family, and the resilient women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on receiving this year’s Nobel Peace Prize,” said Darcy Ataman, Founder and CEO of Make Music Matter. “It continues to be an honour to work alongside Dr. Mukwege as we use the healing power of music together to help the survivors of sexual violence.”

The goal of the Healing in Harmony music therapy program is to share the inspiring strength of the survivors through local and international dissemination via radio broadcasts and community concerts, and therefore embolden the greater holistic healing model envisioned by Dr. Denis Mukwege.


Humanitarian Innovation Fund Names Panzi’s and Make Music Matter’s Healing in Harmony Music Program Winner on the “Journey to Scale”

Panzi Foundation in partnership with Canadian NGO Make Music Matter, plans to expand music therapy program for survivors of sexual violence

Winnipeg, Canada (October 18, 2016) – The Panzi US partnership with Make Music Matter, and our colleagues at Panzi Foundation DRC grows stronger every day. The holistic healing model incorporates innovation and medical research with groundbreaking programs, like our “Healing in Harmony” music therapy program. Participants are survivors of sexual violence, abandoned children, vulnerable community members, and Panzi staff. Together, they are are treated as artists, not patients – and they own their music.

Executive Director Naama Haviv said, “We are honored to work with Darcy Ataman, an incredible innovator, and our dedicated and inspiring team in Bukavu. Healing in Harmony, at its core, has potential for transformational change, not just in women’s lives and in communities, but in the broader community of practice. We stand ready to work with the Humanitarian Innovation Fund on our Journey to Scale.”

It continues to be an honor to work alongside Panzi Foundations as we use the healing power of music together to help the survivors of sexual violence and embolden Dr. Mukwege’s holistic healing model.”, said Darcy Ataman, Founder and CEO, Make Music Matter.

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