During a three day workshop on gender issues organised by Strii Shakti and conducted by Kamla Bhasin in Chitwan , Nepal, 31 activists from 21 organisations made plans for OBR 2017 in their areas. They made some posters and slogans. Vibrant OBR activities against Vawg and patriarchy are set to take place in the coming months.
V-Men Charity Run Brings Asian’s Biggest OBR Event!
The Garden of Hope Foundation held the 4th V-men Charity Run at Bi-Tan River Bank Park on sunshine Saturday November 18. The activity also brought the Biggest OBR event among Northeastern Asia to call for men join in anti- gender violence movement. It was estimated 4,000 people participate GOH’s annual V-Men run activity.
OBR 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 Ancestral lands/ Rising to free all political prisoners/ Rising to Save our Schools (for Lumad children)/ Rising to end Reclamation projects
One billion rising revolution Swaziland in partnership with Peace Corps( GLOW &BRO) and women and Law had successful youth auditions on Saturday at the theater club. The top 10 that will be selected will be part of the Swaziland One billion rising revolution song.
Awakened Women’s Conference
Eve performs her original piece “Coconut” and gives a rousing, inspiring speech at the Awakened Women’s Conference for women delegates from around the world. Held at New Earth Haven in Ubud, Bali.
UBUD – BALI, INDONESIA
Awakened Women’s Conference
Eve and Monique hold a discussion/ talk on One Billion Rising and the importance of Solidarity, Sisterhood and Revolution to an international audience of women – at the Awakened Women’s Conference – held at New Earth Haven in Ubud, Bali.
UBUD – BALI, INDONESIA
OBR at the Green School Ubud
Eve and Monique hold a One Billion Rising talk and event with students and faculty of the innovative Green School in Ubud, Bali – a pioneering school that has protecting, respecting and sustaining the environment at the core of its learning. As well as rooting a holistic education on understanding social justice issues and taking concrete actions of engagement. The Green School has been holding OBR events every year since 2013.
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA
Eve and Monique joined the OBR Bali launch in Denpasar with amazing Balinese grassroots women’s activists and the long time OBR Bali coordinators – Seruni Women’s group. Joining the launch were students and workers and other women’s groups. OBR Bali is Rising to end all forms of human trafficking.
INDIA: National Risings
Four days into the 16 Days of Activism, India has risen with tremendous energy.
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
The Mahila Shoshan Mukti Yatra, which involved OBR partner Action Aid, Bhopal, commenced on November 25th. The yatra is set to cover 35 districts of Madhya Pradesh — an effort to fight the numerous forms of exploitation that exist in a state where 26,997 cases of kidnapping, human trafficking, and missing persons cases related to women were reported from November 11, 2014 to January 31, 2016.
Delhi, India, Kolkata, West Bengal, and Jaipur, Rajasthan
The Azad Foundation, with the help of People’s Union for Civil Liberties, campaigned in local buses as well as bus stops to raise awareness for women’s safety, in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Azad Foundation executed the same efforts in their Delhi as well as Kolkata locations, which included song performances, rallies, and more in public spaces.
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Jagori Rural, or the National Secretariat for One Billion Rising India, conducted a feminist film screening, as a method of sensitizing students from five government and private institutions to the various form of abuse faced by young women and women alike.
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
EKTA Resource Centre for Women mobilized nearly 800 students and oriented each to violence against women and how it is able to manifest in present day society. The end of the event witnessed each student placing an oath to combat gender based violence, in their respective capacity.
Odisha – OBR 2017 launch
Rising in Unity to End the Abuse of Women and Motherland:
GABRIELA chapters all across the country celebrated IDEVAW day by rising against landlessness, dispossession of agricultural and ancestral lands due to local and foreign interest, eviction from their homes, lack of decent jobs and wages and lack of appropriate and quality services and public infrastructure. They held a day of rage against the continuing and intensifying forms of violence against women.
OBR Congo launched their OBR 2017 campaign with an amazing event at the V-World farm and led by the incredible women from City of Joy.
Il Mosaico Associazione held their project called “Let’s Give a Gesture of Love” – a commitment to saying no violence against women and girls through education, respect and solidarity. A spectacular OBR flash mob was held with students, citizens and members of the music and dance industry.
Rising organized and participated in by the Indonesian Migrants Workers Union where Indonesian domestic and migrant workers based in Hong Kong danced and protested for the right to form unions.
One Billion Rising Italy was part of the #Nounadimeno event and campaign – a national demonstration coordinated by D.I. Re Donne in Rete contra la violenza – where thousands of women, men and children took to the streets to demand an end to violence against women.
Gabriela Hong Kong, Filipino Lesbian Organization, Filguys – Gabriela, AMCB and ILPS held a Rise with Pride, Rise for Justice in Hong Kong to celebrate Pride month. The domestic and migrant workers groups held a Rising to continue supporting the rights and struggle of the LGBT communities and to end all forms of discrimination and homophobia.
LOMBOK WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA
OBR West Nusa Tenggara was launched in Mataram, Lombok at the Universitas 45 Mataram. Monique joined the launch – heading a forum on women’s issues. The launch was organized by OBR Indonesia and FPR Alliance (People’s Struggle Front) – a national grassroots alliance and formation made up of students, farmworkers and workers. This is the first time OBR is taking place in this region, and OBR West Nusa Tenggara is Rising against human trafficking and the forced migration of their women and girls to countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Brunei – because of the escalating poverty and landlessness brought on by neo-liberal capitalism. Fierce grassroots activists and radical students joined the event and will lead the Rising.
PEKANBARU, RIAU – SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Monique once again joined the launch of OBR Riau in Pekanbaru Raiu in Eastern Sumatra – where grassroots women activists, students, teachers and workers are Rising against Exploitation of and Violence Against Women, as well as Rising against Haze effects on women and children. Sumatra – Riau in particular, is home to vast palm oil plantations where deforestation and neo-liberal policies – multi national take overs of land and profit over people – are destroying people’s lives. The OBR launch included an in depth seminar attended by grassroots women activists, the youth, workers and environmental activists.
NEW YORK, USA
In commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Gabriela NY held an educational discussion about the exploitation of Filipina/o migrants and the Labor Export Policy (LEP) in the Philippines. In light of the recent victory that halted NBC’s proposed sitcom “Mail Order Family”, where a widower purchases a mail order bride from the Philippines to raise his daughters (www.tinyurl.com/FilipinasNot4Sale), the exploitation of Filipino women including the economic violence of forced migration and human trafficking must continue to be exposed and resisted. This is the first of Gabriela NY’s build-up events for One Billion Rising Revolution 2017: Solidarity Against the Exploitation of Women.
Celebrating South Asia Women’s Day and OBR with the theme: Celebrating peace, justice, solidarity, love and friendship across borders with singing, music, poetry and dance.
OBR 2017 launched with the play “Finally She Spoke” – a powerful, insightful and inspiring original play written and directed by OBR Singapore coordinator Sangeeta Nambiar of women’s stories from around the world. “Finally She Spoke” is a play that chronicles the voices and stories of women who have been silent – until now.
Floating/Drowning, a performance, installation, and art action by Monica Jahan Bose, is a a collective response to climate change. Bose collaborates with women from her ancestral village in Bangladesh as well as residents of Miami to create a transborder physical and emotional link between coastal peoples. The performance triggers individual and community action on climate change, regardless of federal support. Saris with writing from Bangladesh and Miami are used to establish a people to people agreement on climate, which will move from the fair to the streets to the rising sea and the bay. The performance is part of Storytelling with Saris, a collaborative art and advocacy project highlighting gender and climate change.
In commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, WLSA (Women and Law in Southern Africa – Swaziland) invites the country’s women and girls who have had enough, the mothers who would like to see their daughters grow up without being violated and the grandmothers who look at their grandchildren and see the future to a National Women’s Indaba against the exploitation of women and girls. This activity will be held in Nhlangano, Bethesda Church on the 9th of December 2016 from 10am. The invitation is also extended to the men and boys who would like to #riseinsolidarity with their sisters and daughters.