Canberra girls sing it loud and clear for International Day of the Girl Child | The Canberra Times

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It’s fun, inspiring, fun and violent – a new music video made in Canberra and featuring local girl singers will be released on Monday via ABC Music to coincide with the UN’s International Day for the Girl Child. The song and video Girls Take Flight was composed by Canberra youth helper Luke Ferguson and his son Elliot through their band Battlebird and features 10 inspiring girls from across the country, including Watson sisters Mila and Lily Wilson, ages 9 and 7, respectively, and Ainslie’s Eloise Higgins, 14. Luke, who for the purpose of the band goes after Lucky Luke and always wears a helmet [think Daft Punk], said the song and video were recorded completely during lockdown. The girls recorded their piece of the song on an iPhone and filmed their episode of the video against a green screen. It was composed by Luke and Elliot in Canberra. “It all happened very organically and it was a real collective effort,” Luke said. The text is about girls having no barriers to doing anything and being anything – “we aimed at the stars, now we’re out of sight!” – something that resonated with Eloise, the oldest of the singers. “I think it’s very important that girls take seats and are tall and do what they want,” she said. “Heaven is the limit, but sometimes people say, ‘You can’t,’ and that’s just not true.” The girls celebrate the release of their song and video on Monday with a Zoom party. This year, the United Nations International Day for the Childhood is seeking the commitment of world leaders to “bold gender equality” and the closure of the “gender digital divide”. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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