This Is To Mother You is a single recorded to benefit GEMS, the largest organization in the US empowering girls and young women, ages 12-21, who have experienced sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.
“When I read the lyrics to ‘This is to Mother You’ I really fell in love with the song,” says Blige, who like most Americans was unaware of the prevalence of child sex trafficking stateside until her introduction to GEMS. “It describes how I feel about my work and how so many fans view me – as a mentor and a mother figure. It has always been my dream to be able to encourage women and let them know that if I can make it, they can make it too despite any physical and emotional abuses they may endure.”
Martha B, a GEMS member and survivor, is also featured on the track, giving a voice to the estimated 300,000 American youth who are annually at-risk for commercial sexual exploitation.
The lyrics and message of ‘This is To Mother You’ makes it a perfect anthem for Mother’s Day. So for the special day to honor mothers, GEMS is celebrating the beauty and worth of all women and girls by inviting supporters to submit a favorite photo of themselves with a mother, daughter, or other amazing, influential female in their life for a chance to be included in the ‘This is To Mother You’ music video.
The music video – like the song – will be used as a tool to spread awareness and honor the many individuals who help in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of girls. The deadline for photo submissions is April 24. Find out more here.
Download the song at the GEMS website.