Solidarity to the sisters around the world on the 14 February. Striking, dancing, rising. Inspiring! See the live video feeds & news on One Billion Rising.
Sometimes in our west European homes, with our alleged equality and relative prosperity & financial freedom, we tend to take things for granted. Patriarchy, sexual discrimination, and violence against women and girls are seen as scary myths, or rare occurrences (or so we are told). Even if that were the reality, that would not be good enough. The reality is that the exploitation, violence and abuse directed at women here remains endemic, often unseen, but culturally ingrained. Reasons enough to rise up. See planned Bristol events, or just get out there and DIY!
In much of the rest of the world there is not even the illusion of equality. From south America to the Congo (DCR) to India to South Africa to Saudia Arabia women experience terrifiyng events on an hourly basis. For them to raise these issues, to challenge their oppression, to rise up and take action for their own liberation, is a truly revolutionary activity that challenges absolutely the existing power structures – where to act puts their own lives at risk. For them this is no celebrity-led event, this is about the struggle to survive, with diginity, for freedom. They deserve our support, whatever our age or gender. Solidarity!
About One Billion Rising (from the website):
1 in 3 women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime!
1 billion women violate is an atrocity!
1 billion women dancing is a revolution!
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.
ONE BILLION RISING IS:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being