“Mass of Mary” was presented to members of Riigikogu
November 25 has been designated by the United Nations as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Thousands of women fall victim to intimate partner violence in Estonia every year. While in 2019 more than 4,000 cases of domestic violence were registered with the police, this year alone there were 6,059 domestic violence-related challenges in the first half of the year. Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg, because there are probably many more cases that do not reach the police at all.
Thinking of all the women who suffered from domestic violence, this year “Maarja missa” (Mass of Mary) was commissioned from Maria Faust and performed by Collegium Musicale in Tallinn (premiere on August 22, 2020). We know that this piece of music is not enough to change the situation. However, we hope it offers comfort and faith. And courage. The courage for change.
Today, “Maarja missa” reached the members of the Riigikogu and the government, the Chancellor of Justice, the President and the Prosecutor’ s Office. We are grateful for every decision and action that contributes to improving the situation.
Maria Faust’s “Mass of Mary” can be listened here