RISING: FROM A CAMPAIGN, TO A WAY OF LIFE
We are living in a time of upheaval and transformation.
Together we have been rising to free women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence) from sexual and physical violence in its more overt and obvious forms: rape, battery, incest, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, sexual slavery and trafficking, child marriage, femicide, sexual-gender and reproductive oppression and violence towards LGBTQIA+ communities. And, we have had many victories.
As we come into our 7th year of One Billion Rising, we are faced with bigger challenges. To end violence against women, we must commit ourselves to a deeper examination of violence in all its forms. Along with sexual and physical violence, we must also look at systemic violence in economic, political, socio-cultural, environmental and ideological spheres.
As we continue to Rise to end violence against women– it is imperative now for us to expand our understanding of women’s oppression and exploitation in the context of capitalism, colonization, racism, imperialism, environmental plunder and war. We have been compartmentalized and divided for too long. Our Rising must now connect our specific oppression to the common universal humanity that binds us all. This is no less than a way of life, a way of seeing, a way of being in the world. It is not one day that we rise, but every day that this consciousness must rise in all we do.
We call on you this year to be braver, go deeper, reflect, study, listen, learn, awaken to what you don’t know, ask the difficult questions, engage, take actions, and push yourselves out of your comfort zones physically and intellectually. We call on you to commit to resistance and solidarity.
Because Rising is no longer a campaign – it is a way of life.
RISE. RESIST. UNITE.
OBR MANIFESTA 2019
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Sexual Slavery and Trafficking
Sexual, Gender and Reproductive Oppression
Violence Towards LGBTQIA+ Communities
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Poverty/ Economic Injustice/ Labor Exploitation
Climate Destruction and Environmental Plunder
Racism, Hate and Discrimination
State and Institutional Violence/ Militarization/ War
Forced Displacement/ Immigrant and Migrant Abuse