Global Coordinators

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. The campaign, which launched on Valentine’s Day 2013, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. 

A team of One Billion Rising coordinators around the globe engage their communities, cities, countries, and regions to work to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence) mobilizing their networks – local organizations, activists, alliances, individuals, and artists – to RISE, amplifying the issues that affect women in their community.

Monique Wilson – One Billion Rising Director

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…

Rossana Abueva – United Kingdom

Rossana is a Director in the Financial Services Industry and for the last seventeen years, Rossana has been the Executive Producer for the New Voice Company – one of Asia’s leading theatre companies, based in the Philippines. In Financial Services,…

Abha Bhaiya – SANGAT South Asian Feminist Network – India

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

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,…

MASSARAN BIBI – MALI

“Mrs. Massaran is coordinating the 2020 rising in Mali to put femicide and gender based violence at the center of national concerns in Mali. The aim is to encourage victims to speak up and to seek legal protection from femicide…

Nicoletta Billi, Italy

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…

Essowèdéou Armande BLAKIME – Togo

Committed for a few months in Civic Service at the Catholic Committee for the fight against Hunger and for Development (CCFD Terre Solidaire) where she contributes to education for citizenship and international solidarity. With a bachelor degree in private law,…

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

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…

CECILIA BRENDA – Kenya

Cecilia, who is 1 billion Rising Kenya Coordinator, also works with HER Voice Kenya as a team leader HER Voice Kenya is organisation which helps rape survivors access healthcare, counselling and get justice. For young girls, HER Voice Kenya puts them back to school with assistance of…

OMODELE IBITOYE EJEH – Nigeria

One Billion Rising Coordinator for Nigeria, OMODELE IBITOYE EJEH, is an activist with about 18 years of counseling experience and a counseling teacher. She is the founder of Vision for Sanity, a youth based initiative established in the year 2003,…

Chandy Eng – Cambodia

Chandy Eng (she/her) is an advocacy & networking program manager, Gender & Development for Cambodia (GADC), a Cambodian non-profit organization focused on gender equality as a human right. She holds a degree in Law/ELBBL from the Royal University of Law &…

Lucinda Evans – South Africa

Lucinda Evans, is a Khoisan Woman from Lavender Hill in the Western Cape for South Africa. She has been volunteering for 30 Years in various projects and the bulk of her time has been spend on Gender Base Violence Prevention…

GABRIELA – NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF FILIPINO WOMEN Southeast Asia – Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos

GABRIELA is a grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 organizations, institutions, desks and programs based in communities, workplaces and schools throughout all regions and major provinces and cities in the Philippines. It also has chapters in eight countries outside of…

IRENE GAROËS – NAMIBIA

Irene //Garoës is a Feminist and a community mobiliser from a small village called Leonardville in the eastern part of Namibia. She is passionate about  feminist movement building on the rural level with marginalised groups of women in Namibia. She…

Colani Hlatjwako – Africa (Swaziland/Eswatini, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Togo, Mali, Senegal, Ghana, Malawi, Gabon, Cameroon, Rwanda and Namibia)

Colani Hlatjwako is the Africa Regional Coordinator of the One Billion Rising Campaign. This is a global campaign aimed at ending violence against women and girls. Currently Colani is coordinating 17 countries (Swaziland/Eswatini, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda,…

Chi Hui-Jung – Northeast Asia: TAIWAN, HONG KONG, JAPAN, CHINA, MONGOLIA, KOREA

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,…

Khushi Kabir – Bangladesh

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…

ALICE KACHERE – Malawi

Name: Alice Kachere Country: Malawi Occupation: farmer Other position : chairperson rural women’s assembly Malawi chapter Qualification: Junior certificate of education Trained as an advocate woman by FANRPAN Others: Female brand ambassador for women food climate justice campaign Women committee…

Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki – Austria

Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki is a performance artist, choreographer and dancer, born in Japan and based in Vienna, Austria. She realises her works at the intersection between performing and fine arts with the main focus on social and environmental topics. She…

Advocate Libakiso Matlho – Lesotho

Libakiso Matlho is the Executive Director at Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust – Lesotho (WLSA). She is an Advocate, a former Lecturer at NUL and a renowned human rights and women’s rights scholar and gender…

Josina Z. Machel – Mozambique

Ms. Josina Z. Machel holds an MSc degree in Sociology (Gender) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Science, Sociology and Political Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Following a…

Marya Meyer – Miami, USA

“I fully believe that Solidarity is like Block Chain. A collective, powerfully connected, yet decentralized energy force that will serve us well in breaking through to new heights of what we can, do, and will expect from humanity and society….

Andres Naime – Mexico

“I’m rising with all my love, passion and creativity so that Mexican women can live free from any kind of violence, exploitation or discrimination on the small amount that Mother Earth lends us to live on. With this Artistic Revolution,…

Eunice Naw – Myanmar

Eunice Naw is a gender activist who is working as a Senior Program Officer (Gender and Livelihoods) at SWISSAID Myanmar organization. She belongs to Karen ethnic group. She has finished her graduate program (Bachelor of Theology) with the research topic…

Vickenzie Gifty Ofei – Ghana

Vickenzie Gifty Ofei, is a 43 year old mother of 4 who has been in activism for the past 5 years. She is the Coordinator of One Billion Rising Ghana, Country Director of Iriseghana and has used her organization to…

Marsha Pamela Lopez Calderon – Central and South America

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…

JOANNA PIOTROWSKA – POLAND

“In 2020, we will be dancing and educating society about consent for intimate relations. Our slogan is “Only YES means consent. Sex without consent is RAPE”. We want Polish society, lawyers, and politicians to change the definition of rape in…

Verdavainne Aboghe Rita – Gabon

Rita is a Gabonese woman. Reducing inequalities is one of her favorite subjects. This is surely the reason why, in 2010, she created a correct play space for children from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, she had to close…

LUISA RIZZITELLI – ITALY

One Billion Rising Coordinator for Italy, LUISA RIZZITELLI, is a professional communications and public relations expert, trainer, event manager and institutional relations expert. In addition, Luisa is the creator and coordinator of “Better Place”, training project for companies and public…

AMINATOU SAHER – Cameroon

My name is Aminatou Saher. I am a 42 years old, self-taught entrepreneur in my country. My company provides marketing materials and both domestic and industrial lighting products. Coming from a large family, with 10 brothers and sisters I always…

Joan Salvador – Philippines

Joan Salvador Deputy Secretary General, GABRIELA Alliance of Filipino Women Joan started as an activist with Gabriela Youth in the University of the Philippines. While studying, she helped fellow young women put up their own organizations in private Catholic schools…

JOMS SALVADOR – Philippines

(Ms) Joms Salvador is the Secretary General of GABRIELA Philippines, the biggest and broadest women’s organization in the Philippines that has for nearly four decades worked for women’s rights and welfare of women. She started her involvement with GABRIELA in…

Christine Schuler Deschryver – Democratic Republic of Congo

Christine has called Bukavu her home all her life. She oversees all aspects of V-Day’s work on the ground in the DRC, including the City of Joy and coordinating campaign activities on the local, provincial, and national levels. She is…

Nyasha Sengayi – Zimbabwe

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…

Janka Striffler – Portugal

Janka Striffler was born in 1968 and grew up in Southern Germany together with 3 sisters. This  experience created a learning space for the subjects of women solidarity and community that have shaped and guided her life to this day….

Shiela Tebia-Bonifacio – Hong Kong

I am Shiela Tebia-Bonifacio. I am a founding member of KAMIYAN ( Kabataang Anak ng Migrante) in 1998 or known today “Migrante Youth”. I currently working as a migrant domestic workers in HK for 13 years. I am the Chairperson of…

Massaran Traore – Mali

Funding member of Women’s Association for Peace and Development, Ms Massaran Traore has a strong expertise in conflict sensitivity and human rights mainstreaming in natural resources governance in the West African region. One Billion Rising Coordinator for Mali, she has contributed…

AFIA WALKING TREE – JAMAICA

“In 2020, I am raising the vibration in Jamaica to Raise Yuh Voice in solidarity for a Violence Free Jamaica for all. The death toll of women, girls, and LGBTQ people from violent deaths is at an all-time high. In…

Maureen Samulela Tresha – Zambia

Maureen Samulela Tresha is the National Coordinator for one billion Rising , Zambia. She is also the National Director at Women and law in Southern Africa (WLSA), Lecturer at Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education, and Commissioner at Small Claims…

Mbabazi Zakhia – Rwanda

Mbabazi Zakhia has MBA with specialization in Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Psychology, with a working experience of over 14 years in different capacities. Her areas of expertise are strategic management, women empowerment and customer experience…

Nanfuka Zulaika – Uganda

Passionate about Peace, Security, and Girl Child empowerment, Zulaika has 5 years’ experience working to apply rigorous analyses of local conflict dynamics to strengthen tools for conflict assessment; improve the design of community peacebuilding programs; refine systems for PVE program…