Activists Globally will RISE For Freedom & to Create the New Culture
ONE BILLION RISING announces the 2023 theme and campaign: RISE For Freedom & to Create the New Culture. The campaign addresses the devastating consequences of the ongoing vicious systems of patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism and racism in the world today and the destructive battle for power fought over women’s bodies and the body of the earth.
Created by a community of 47 One Billion Rising coordinators located across the globe, this year’s campaign will celebrate 10 years of OBR and urge communities worldwide to utilize art and activism, creative resistance events and gatherings, both online and offline, to demand an end to violence against women, girls and the planet and to shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.
Events are taking place now and will continue through 22 April, Earth Day.
One Billion Rising creative resistance events will take various forms including artistic rising and climate initiatives; new songs/anthems, poetry, documentary films, online discussions, panels & events; training with men; allies, flash mobs, and marches and more. OBR coordinators are launching the theme in their communities during 16 Days of Activism.
There is so much to celebrate in these last 10 years. So many victories. So many success stories. So much change. In legislation, culture, art, education, in ways of thinking. A new generation of activists continuing the legacies of women activists who devoted their lives to the movement. Millions of bodies dancing. An explosion of art. Crucial transformation.
But we know that the insidious and unjust tentacles of patriarchy are everywhere and strengthening still. We see and feel it – in fascist governments, in the tide of hatred and exclusion, in growing conservatism, in the normalization and gravity of misogyny, in the removal of women’s rights and agency, in the attacks on women’s human rights defenders, in the denial of history, in the banning of books, in the failure of institutions, in the criminalization and suppression of dissent, in the crisis of democracy, in the abuse of power, in the cruel decimation of the earth, in occupation, in endless wars, in labor exploitation, in oppressive cultures. Patriarchy is everywhere.
Like the Earth that is nearing a calamitous end, right now women, girls and those impacted by gender-based violence are in a STATE OF EMERGENCY.
That’s why we will not stop Rising until all people are free from gender-based violence. It is time to Create the New Culture, a culture where we collectively share in commitment to…
End violence towards women, gender nonconforming and gender expansive people
End violence towards the earth
Cultivate care, community, trust and compassion
Uphold cooperation rather than competition
Refuse outright the inequality of wealth
Place people over profit
Know our true history
Make apologies and reparations
Honour the artists, visionaries, seekers, storytellers, shamans, poets, healers
Embrace collective energy
Embody the power of art and dance
2023 will be the year of INSPIRATION and ASPIRATION. A year of storytelling, building communities, strengthening solidarity, sharing dreams, planting trees, creating art, honoring women and the earth, and of dancing.
It is the year we will continue to ENVISION and CREATE new ways of being, seeing, living, loving and connecting. Of raising consciousness and deepening understanding. So that our freedom, our future, is rooted in truth, love, community, earth and body.
CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF RISING. JOIN US IN 2023.
RISE FOR FREEDOM: CREATE THE NEW CULTURE
One Billion Rising for Freedom Launch Activities include: OBR coordinators from 18 countries in Africa will gather together for a virtual event to launch OBR 2023 as a region, highlighting what freedom means to them in Africa. OBR Zimbabwe will create a short documentary featuring many of the iconic people who have participated since One Billion Rising first began. In Hong Kong – domestic and migrant workers will hold a women’s festival as well as a series on “Freedom,” featuring images and videos released online. In the Philippines from 23-25 November, a diverse group of artists and activists from various sectors will film a “Rise For Freedom” video and take part in a Freedom photo shoot. Gabriela women and members of the OBR Philippine task force group will hold a dance event. OBR Mexico will launch with a press conference at the Mexican Senate, and will release Rise for Freedom videos on 25 November. In Guatemala, activists will hold two events, first at the Hotel Sala in San Cristobal Mixco with directors and teachers from various schools of the city, followed by an event led by OBR Guatemala dancers Guatemala National Book Fair at Forum Madijas on 27 November. In India, events will include: two actions on transgender rights, a moot court, a Q&A session, and a street play to show how courts function through the experiences of survivors of violence. In Italy, actions include a social media campaign, a “name and shame” against people who openly hate women online, and a solidarity action with Italian female gymnasts who report having been abused and bullied by their coaches. In Congo, City of Joy will create and produce a radio program with the theme FREEDOM and launch the 2023 campaign at V-World Farm. OBR Croatia will hold a press conference in the best city theater, ZKM, featuring women activists, actors and directors. In Eswatini, a documentary collecting women’s voices from different sectors will be produced, featuring the voices of women on what visions for an equal system of government and an end the scourge of violence against women, a call for a humane socio-economic environment for all and rising for freedom. The Raise Yuh Voice Jamaica movement will include the voices of LGBTQI+ who identify on the spectrum of non-binary and gender fluid as they rise for Freedom of Mind, Body, Food, Water, Earth, and All Beings. Their online launch/rising will take place on 10 December 2022 from 11-2 pm on Zoom. This rising will highlight healing justice freedom voices from Jamaica and the Caribbean with song, poetry, music, movement, yoga, breathing, words of wisdom and dancing! OBR Lesotho marched at Maseru in collaboration with an LGBTQI organization to raise awareness on violence experienced by transgender communities and will continue with celebrations and commemorations of women survivors, mental health, equal rights, and more through their official launch on 14 February. In Japan, activists launched with Let’s Walk Purple Road where they walked Omotesando road in Shibuya Ward, dancing “Break the Chain” to appeal for the prevention of gender-based violence. On 4 December, street performances on “Unconscious Patriarchy In Japanese Society” will reveal the chains that bind women and workshops on what freedom means to women in Japan, including a Symposium on Women’s freedom on Surname issues as Japan is the only country that requires married couples to have the same surname. Serbia launches on with two self-defense workshops and a Rise for Freedom street action followed by the song “Break the Chain” and a “women’s graveyard” performance in Niš on the topic of femicide, as well as other street actions in numerous other cities across Serbia. OBR Austria is launching online today, followed in December by the action RED lines in silence followed by a dance workshop with “Break the Chain” flash mob action at the main library of Vienna and an action on 14 February.
Indonesia; Hong Kong
About One Billion Rising
1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence) in human history. One Billion Rising activists worldwide mobilize, engage, awaken and join people across the planet to end violence against all women and girls.
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