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…

ARMANDE BLAKIKME – TOGO

“This year, OBR Togo is more committed to fight violence against young girls in the schools. We launched a poetry and sketch competition to give girls the opportunity to express themselves through their talents. We have also produced a short…

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

“Our Campaign this year is to show, through the eye of a child, the impact of violence on children. We picked children as our focus this year because children are vulnerable to violence and the effects can be lifelong”  One…

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 GARAOËS – NAMIBIA

“As the year 2020 is beginning, the world seems like it has taken steps back on great amazing work done by feminists throughout history.  Violence against women and children are on rise, inflation is on a higher level of increasing,…

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

“This year we are #RaisingTheVibration and inviting every citizen to take a pledge to use respectful dialogue to resolve issues instead of violence.” – Colani Hlatjwako COLANI HLATJWAKO is the Africa Regional Coordinator of the One Billion Rising Campaign. Currently,…

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,…

OMODELE IBITOYE – NIGERIA

“In 2020, we hear the call to rise against all forms of violence against women and girls intensifying as we see a rising trend of killings, rape, displacement in crises area and other parts of Nigeria, disruption of freedom of…

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

“Our 2020 theme is ending climate crisis violence among women and girls. The floods and cyclones have affected more women and girls this last season and this resulted in food insecurity leading to poverty, child marriage, rape, and sexual harrassment….

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….

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…

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,…

VICKENZIE OFEI – GHANA

“This year we are rising against all forms violence against women and children such as abuse, rape, child marriage, slavery, killing, and child trafficking.” One Billion Rising Coordinator for Ghana, VICKENZIE OFEI, is the director of Irise Ghana, a non…

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…

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…

AMINA SAHER – CAMEROON

“This year, I am rising to encourage women to defend themselves against physical and emotional violence. We have planned a self defense event on February 15, 2020.” One Billion Rising Coordinator for Cameroon, AMINA SAHER, is a human rights activist…

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…

MAUREEN TRESHA – ZAMBIA

“This year Zambia will be rising against sexual violence and child marriage. The number of children being assaulted  has been increasing. The latest case was where a 3 day old child was abused by her father and the child died…

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…