Wednesday, February 17, 2016

One Billion Rising 2016

It is good to know that women are rising up against violence. Not many men take this grievous injustice seriously. Violence doesn't have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality – but it does have a gender.
One Billion Rising – started by playwright Eve Ensler (“Vagina Monologues”) – is labelled the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.
The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION women and girls.
On February 14, 2013, people across the world came together to express their outrage, to strike, dance, and “rise” in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
On February 14, 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and highlighted the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy.
For the third year of the campaign, One Billion Rising’s global coordinators chose the theme of “Revolution” as an escalation of the demand for justice, and to build upon the massive efforts of communities worldwide that also looked at the roots and causes of violence as part of their call for justice.
On (or around) February 14, 2015, millions of activists in over 200 countries gathered to “Rise for Revolution”, to change the paradigm, demand accountability, justice and systematic change.
In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalized women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify “Revolution” as a call for system change to end violence against women and girls; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for themselves.
Philippines was one of the many countries that actively supports the Revolution.
Women’s group Gabriela said that one woman or child is raped every 53 minutes and one woman is battered every 20 minutes in the Philippines. And the country is also one of the origins of trafficked women, Gabriela said.
The main One Billion Rising 2016 event was held on Sunday in Rizal Park, Manila. Clad in pink, purple, and red, scores of women danced their hearts out. But women are not alone in this fight – young men too joined their mothers and sisters in the protest.
Even founder Eve Ensler joined the gathering in Manila for the first time since she launched the campaign on February 14, 2012.
"I think one of the very exciting things happening here is what’s happening in the schools. They are rising in so many schools across the Philippines and the world," gushed Ensler.

One Billion Rising founder Eve Ensler with other participants as they dance during a campaign dubbed as "One Billion Rising" in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Photo by Aaron Favila

Filipino theater actress and activist Monique Wilson joins other women in celebration of One Billion Rising at the Rizal Park in Manila on Sunday. Image credit:

Students of St. Scholastica's College gesture the "one" sign as they dance during the "One Billion Rising" campaign in Manila on Monday. Image credit:

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