one billion rising
One Billion Rising activists around the world continue to demand the release of our activist feminist sisters from China -- Li Tingting, Zheng Churan, Wei Tingting, Wang Man and Wu Rongrung -- who were arrested for their work to create awareness and education on violence against women and girls issues.
Beginning on 7 February and continuing throughout the year, activists are RISING to end violence against women and girls, and calling for a radical shift in consciousness to end the global epidemic of abuse that one in three women face worldwide.
"There's something bizarrely liberating about being able to stand up on stage, as a character, and say 'I was raped.'"
Perhaps the hardest lesson we have to learn in life is -- nothing is ever safe. Think about the things you take most for granted. The streets where you live. The job you have. The possibility of a future. All these things -- they can be revealed as illusions in a heartbeat.
I grew up in a small town called Messina, near the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. I was part of a huge family. I lived with my mother, and my father lived nearby. I blocked out a lot of my childhood memories (good/bad) until recently. Never wanted to think about my childhood.
On Sunday night at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, President Obama took to the stage with a video message inviting the millions of people watching to join a new campaign, #ItsOnUs, to end violence against women and girls.
"What we can do to them is to educate them to understand the effects of FGM and to show that there's a need for [communities
I stayed away from my country for 11 years, raising my three daughters in the calm and safety of Canada. I decided I could not let everything my husband tried to achieve be forgotten or destroyed. When I landed back in Mogadishu, I was amazed by what I saw. And what shocked me most was what had happened to women.
In Mexico, a few thousand abused women rose up, and we have prevented a huge amount of trafficking. If one billion women rise, is there anything we would not be able to achieve?
We're not asking for gold. We're not asking for diamonds. We're asking to get paid enough to support our families.
When did I become a feminist? There are lots of moments in every woman's life that make her stand up for herself and her sisters, and there were many in mine. But the first one that comes to mind is the day I was told I couldn't take a seat on the bus, simply because I was a woman.
We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness -- one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.
Revenge doesn't bring anyone back. But prevention saves lives. If you can stop a young boy from becoming an offender, you can save women like my aunt, Kat, or me.
It was through the training that we did at Global Kids that I was able to feel confident and comfortable in myself enough to know that I could push the issue without it being seen as salacious.
Exclusives from L.A. Law, Matthew Fowler, Lili Haydn & One Billion Rising, Will Kimbrough, The Mushroom Group/Purifier and Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
MUSHROOM GROUP'S MATT GUDINSKI AND THE PURIFIER APP "When we first rehearsed this song we all had the original version in
This Valentine's Day, women and men around the world will dance, march, gather, and use their voices to speak out against injustices that affect women and girls.