Feminist Kyrgyz singer Zere has received death threats in response to a music video where she poses in a bra.
In the video, which Zere funded herself, she appears in a purple bra and calls for a woman’s right to her own opinion to be respected. “Why should I be like you want others? Where’s your respect for me?” she sings into the camera.
She made the song in order to challenge attitudes towards women in a deeply traditional country.
A central Asian state bordering China, Kyrgyzstan became independent with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Most of its six million people are Turkic-speaking Muslims.
She plans to continue to advocate for women’s rights through her art, with the goal of taking her message international: “If I go to the world level, I will help Kyrgyzstan even more, because with my work I will promote its image.”
Zere is currently preparing to launch a secret “project that will cover the regions” of her country.