Global Coordinators

ONE BILLION RISING Coordinators are activists around the world who are engaging their communities, their cities, their countries, their regions to be a part of One Billion Rising Revolution: Rising in Solidarity Against the Exploitation of Women. As long-time activists and V-Day organizers working to end violence against women and girls, they have the skills, the networks and the ability to help guide local organizations, individuals, lawyers, unions, alliances and networks in their efforts to be part of the campaign. Most coordinated efforts in their countries and regions for One Billion Rising (2013), One Billion Rising for Justice (2014), One Billion Rising: Revolution (2015), and One Billion Rising: Rise For Revolution (2016). These Coordinators, together with their network groups, took the lead in their own countries and communities on how to envision and implement the campaign and did an outstanding job of highlighting their local contexts within the campaign. Please be in touch with them to help you strategize, create and promote, your One Billion Rising Revolution: Rising in Solidarity campaigns.

The ONE BILLION RISING REVOLUTION campaign was first envisioned collectively by global coordinators around the world, at a coordinators gathering in Rome in Spring 2014. Their shared voices – from regions around the world – came to a unanimous decision to focus on revolution and change as an escalation of our demand to end violence against women and girls once and for all. The global coordinators once again came together at a coordinators gathering in New York in Spring 2015. There it was decided to escalate the Revolution campaign for 2016, with a particular focus on marginalised women and girls. After another incredible year of Risings, the coordinators met to strategize this years campaign in Croatia, where they decided that this year we must RISE in Solidarity Against the Exploitation of Women.

Monique Wilson – One Billion Rising Director

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Monique Wilson is one of the Philippine’s veteran theatre and film actresses ­ having acted professionally since the age of nine. At 18 she starred as the lead role in the original London West End production of Miss Saigon. In…

Fartuun A. Adan – Somalia

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Fartuun A. Adan is a Somali/Canadian humanitarian. She and her three daughters fled Mogadishu, Somalia at the height of the civil conflict and sought refuge in Canada and has since returned to Somalia. Fartuun is a recognized and leading expert…

Abha Bhaiya – SANGAT South Asian Feminist Network – India

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Abha Bhaiya is one of the founder members of Jagori, a feminist organization set up in 1984 in Delhi. She has been active in women’s movements in India for nearly 40 years. She has been working on range of issues…

Kamla Bhasin / SANGAT South Asian Feminist Network – South Asia

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A social scientist by training, I have been actively engaged with issues related to development, education, gender, media and several others for over 35 years. I began my work for the empowerment of the rural and urban poor in 1972,…

Rada Boric – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia

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Rada is a feminist linguist and activist. She is currently the director at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Zagreb and a lecturer and trainer on feminist issues. Rada was the former program coordinator of Center for women war victims…

Nicoletta Billi, Italy

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Nicoletta Billi has been working in cinema as a PUBLICIST on an international level for many years. After working (from 1980 to 1984) for Gaumont Press Office in Italy, she worked as a free-lance publicist for HENRY IV by Marco…

Chi Hui-Jung – Taiwan

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Chi Hui-Jung is the CEO of the Garden of Hope Foundation and a well-known Taiwanese activist, who pioneered advocating for the establishment of laws to prevent gender violence (i.e. Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation Prevention Act, Domestic Violence Prevention Act,…

Colani Hlatjwako – Africa (Swaziland, Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Gabon, Rwanda, Sudan, Chad)

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I am an Activist and determined young woman feminist leader who is passionate about women’s rights, gender equality and strengthening women’s capacities to advance socially, economically and politically in Swaziland. I believe in inclusive and democratic environment that promotes the…

Khushi Kabir – Bangladesh

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In 1972, immediately after the liberation of Bangladesh, Khushi joined one of the first Bangladeshi NGOs and became the first woman to be based in the field to live and work with rural marginalized women and men, in some of…

Marsha Pamela Lopez Calderon – Central and South America

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Marsha has been a V-Day activist since 2001. She has produced V-Day events and The Vagina Monologues in Guatemala since then and was also the OBR coordinator for Central America in 2013.  She has also produced events in other cities in Central…

Marya Meyer – Miami, USA

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Marya was a core organizer in the team that launched Miami’s powerful One Billion Rising celebration in 2012 and joined the Global Coordinator team in 2013. From those grassroots beginnings, One Billion Rising Miami brought together stakeholders and ordinary citizens…

Jessica Montoya – Santa Fe, USA

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Jessica Eva Montoya, born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, has worked in prevention of gender based violence and Survivor Justice through rights based education and advocacy since 2000. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College…

Andres Naime – Mexico

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Proud to be a Mexican theater producer involved with V-Day since 2000, Andres has had the privilege of working for thirteen years with The Vagina Monologues and helping V-Day College campaigns around Mexico every year. He has produced Jessica Blank and…

Nyasha Sengayi – Zimbabwe

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Nyasha Sengayi is one Billion Rising Global Coordinator for Zimbabwe. The campaign has offered a wider movement building space for women’s rights work in Zimbabwe. She is also the founding director of Source International. An organisation employing campaign based programming…

Isatou Touray – The Gambia

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I am women’s rights activist, Executive Director and Co-Founder of GAMCOTRAP. Coordinator of One Billion Rising West Africa covering The Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Sierra Leone. I am engaged in advocacy and social mobilisation to end FGM and…