One Billion Rising Global Coordinators are sharing great news from around the world – Rising events and OBR launches that have taken place over the last three weeks from 25 October to 14 November, with several OBR events to come in the next two weeks.
MEN RISING – OBR India with MenEngage Delhi
One Billion Rising along with its amazing partner MenEngage Delhi conducted an engagement with Shivaji College, University Of Delhi with more than 300 people in attendance. The engagement included a movie screening and an intense discussion on Sexual harassment and molestation.
TAMIL NADU Rising
EKTA, one of the national OBR partners in India since 2012, has decided to do multiple OBR launches that focus on tribal population, the landless, people working in cemeteries, transgenders, the physically challenged and the youth – creating awareness on VAW, safe public places, property rights equal wages and gender equality.
The Foreign Office in Berlin held an exhibition called “Women and the United Nations.” As part of the exhibition, a short video about OBR (with Eve) was shown.
Women’s Network Croatia (WNC), feminist political network of over 30 groups is the strongest voice in Croatia in promoting and defending women’s rights – held its annual assembly from 28-30 October (with a special event on 29th) on strategies on how to resist the neo-conservative attacks on women’s rights. The assembly included planning further OBR actions as an answer to a conservative backlash on women’s rights in Croatia which threaten women’s economic, political, sexual and reproductive rights. Network’s groups from different Croatian towns have been organizing OBR campaign and are preparing activities for the OBR 2017. The network will further strengthen cooperation with women’s sections of worker’s unions to demand better work conditions (today severely restricted: part-time work, insecure work contracts, unpaid work, sexual harassment, etc).
Women Rising Against US Imperialism/ For Independent Foreign Policy. Organized by Gabriela, Gabriela Women’s Party and OBR Philippines Task Force groups
OBR 2017 launch – Led by OBR Bangladesh team and Sangat members on the theme of “Solidarity Against the Exploitation of Women”
Second Rising event – Rising at the Pathways Togo University with scholars
Centri Ascolto Uil organized a day dedicated to the fight against violence on women. AT the event, co hosted and co-sponsored by OBR Italy – there was a moment dedicated to the reading of text written by Eve Ensler to remind Risers of how much solidarity is vital for a real change.
Rising at the Women’s University in Africa
An OBR discussion with held with grassroots women on VAW. Organized by PRAGROSHOR (a feminist training and resource center) as part of the OBR Bangladesh campaign.
Transgender Community Rising, organized by long time OBR India partner KOLKATA RASTA (a transgender community based organization in Kolkata). Rising against gender based violence.
PHILIPPINES (CALAMBA LAGUNA)
KMU (Women Workers) do OBR at Strike site of Phil Dong Yun Workers for the fired workers.
2017 launch with Lumad community at evacuation camp. Organized by Gabriela Southern Mindanao/ Davao, and Gabriela Women’s Party Southern Mindanao.
Calls: Rising to End Militarization in their communities/ Rising to Defend Ancestra lands/ Rising to free all political prisoners/ Rising to Save our Schools (for Lumad children)/ Rising to end Reclamation projects
2017 Launch – Celebrating Himachal culture, OBR Himachal 2017 launch highlighted, in particular, issued faced by girls: early marriage, gender inequality and mental and physical abuse.
GUATEMALA (GUATEMALA CITY)
In the last five years, OBR has been done in almost all the universities in Guatemala City, except at Francisco Marroquin University which is well know for its libertarian way of education. OBR Coordinator Marsha shared her experience as a survivor and introduced the 2017 campaign as part of the Psychology Department’s “Trauma Treatment and Forgiving for Healing” classes. It was a 3 hour activity with discussion on VAW issues and OBR, then the viewing of the OBR films – after which everyone did the OBR dance.
USA (NEW MEXICO)
Anti-Trump OBR gathering organized and led by OBR New Mexico groups.
OBR News from Japan’s NPO, NPO AOISORA: The public office of sexual equality promotion of Shizuoka carried out an event “Break the Chain” on 13 November. This event aimed to raise the awareness of anti-violence against women and children. The video, in preparation for their event, was made by NPO AOISORA.
EVENTS TO COME:
TAIWAN (TAIPEI) – 2017 Launch/ V-Men Run
INDIA (GUJARAT) – National state meeting for OBR to discuss how to shape their mobilizations for OBR 2017
PHILIPPINES – Nationally coordinated event across the country.
IDEVAW (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women)/ start of 16 Days of Activism
25 NOVEMBER: BALI – Press conference and OBR event with Eve and Monique
27 NOVEMBER: WEST NUSA TENGGARA – OBR meeting and event with Monique
28 NOVEMBER: JOGJAKARTA – Press conference and OBR Event with Monique
29 NOVEMBER: SUMATRA – OBR meeting and event with Monique
OBR 2017 launch (with an original play: “Finally She Spoke”)
One Billion Rising Miami + Art Basel Week launch an event called: “Exploring the effects of Climate Change on women, including child marriage.”
On 2 December at Satellite Art Fair & 3 December at Superfine, OBR Miami joins http://storytellingwithsaris.com/.
India 2017 Launch (at Miranda House)
OBR Denmark – 2 NOVEMBER
OBR Denmark was nominated for the Danner Honorary award. Danner Honorary Award is given every year to someone who has made a special contribute to break taboos about violence, and promote public awareness of gender and equality through their personal story or work. Danner is one of the biggest women’s organizations working to end VAW.
OBR IN SECOND LIFE
OBR in Second Life (virtual) was nominated in the “Favorite Annual Event” category for the 2016 AVI Choice Awards (Virtual online awards)
ONGOING OBR RELATED CAMPAIGNS:
Unsafetosafe campaign (OBR partnered and hosted national campaign for the safety of girls – online and education forums)