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Bulgaria is rising to end violence against women and girls! Last year, the famous Bulgarian singer Ruth Koleva dedicated her new song and video against violence against women, called "What you say to a girl?", to the campaign "One Billion Rising - Bulgaria", which we will continue to use this year to campaign to end violence against women in Bulgaria. We will launch the 2019 campaign in Bulgaria on 14th Feb through a special television programme on the most popular Bulgarian television channel, BTV, which is dedicated to One Billion Rising. Journalist and activist Mariana Katzarova will launch the OBR-Bulgaria campaign in a conversation with journalist Tsvetanka Rizova in the programme "Face to Face". In 2019 One Billion Rising - Bulgaria will organise various initiatives against violence against women and girls, focusing on the role of women leaders and artists in ending violence against women, as well as will participate in the national debate on steps to be taken to increase protection and provide justice to women victims of violence in Bulgaria. During the year, we will also support various initiatives undertaken by the global campaign One Billion Rising to highlight situations of violence against women and girls, including actions to stop sexual violence against women in war and conflict zones. We will premiere the film "The City of Joy" in Bulgaria to spread the word about the struggle of women victims of rape and sexual violence in conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the role of OBR and V-Day in supporting the women survivors of violence and the efforts of Dr Denise Mukwege, the winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, on behalf of the women. We will advocate and campaign under the global OBR Logo for 2019: “From a Campaign, to a Way of Life”. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: България ще се изправи срещу насилието над жени и момичета! Ще дадем старт на българската кампания Един Милиард се Изправят - България :: One Billion Rising Bulgaria на 14-ти февруари в студиото на предаването "Лице в лице" по bTV. През 2019 г се навършват 21 години от първото представление на пиесата „Монолози за вагината”. През 2019 кампанията „Един милиард се изправят – България“ ще проведе различни инициативи срещу насилието над жени и момичета, като фокусът се поставя върху ролята на жените-лидери и хората на изкуството в борбата срещу насилието над жени. Също през 2019 ще се включим с акции на солидарност, в подкрепа на инициативи на световната кампания One Billion Rising, насочени срещу насилието над жени и момичета, включително и сексуалното насилие по време на войни и въоръжени конфликти. Мотото за 2019 г. на Световното движение „Един милиард се изправят” е “От Кампания, към Начин на Живот”, което ще бъде и мотото на кампанията в България през 2019 г.

About The Organization

One Billion Rising Bulgaria :: Един милиард се изправят - България

In Bulgaria, the One Billion Rising campaign of the V-Day movement is organised every year by the Society for Justice Foundation (SJF), headed by Mariana Katzarova. In organizing its campaigns, the Foundation has partnered with public and cultural institutions, over 40 leading women's, human rights and humanitarian organizations in Bulgaria, artists and prominent public figures. The OBR campaigns in Bulgaria are organised and coordinated every year by a dedicated SJF team of volunteers, and we are especially grateful for the leadership and support in organising the campaign to Daniela Ivanova, member of the Board of SJF.

In 1998, the V-Day movement was founded by the American writer and activist Eve Ensler, author of the world-famous play "The Vagina Monologues". Very soon after the world premiere in New York, with the help of the Bulgarian journalist and human rights activist Mariana Katzarova, the play came to Bulgaria and for over 10 years has been successfully performed on the stage of Theater 199 "Valentin Stoichev" under the direction of the famous Bulgarian director Galin Stoev.

This boldly timed decision has its consequences for the theater. In 2001 the Ministry of Culture threatened to stop the play because of the use of "obscene language". This was the main reason for Eve Ensler to visit Bulgaria at the invitation of Mariana Katzarova and Valentin Stoichev, at that time Director of Theater 199. In this way, Eve Ensler expressesed her great support for the theater and her solidarity with the Bulgarian activists, and took part in the first action of the V-Day movement organized in Bulgaria.

In 2001 this symbolic event united in Sofia women-activists from all Balkan countries for action against violence, as well as in support of the Bulgarian performance of "The Vagina Monologues". This first "V-Day" in Bulgaria also aimed at raising awareness and supporting the work of Bulgaria's first aid organization for women victims of viol

About The Organizer

Mariana Katzarova

Mariana Katzarova is a leading human rights advocate, journalist and international expert on combating human trafficking and violence against women. Originally from Bulgaria, she was a founder of the first independent newspaper in Bulgaria in 1989, called “Democracy”. She is also the founder of Society for Justice Foundation in Bulgaria, working to end violence against women and girls by engaging creative advocacy and the arts.

Mariana Katzarova founded RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) in 2006 in the UK, after working as a journalist and human rights advocate in the war zones of Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya, including 10 years as the Russia Researcher for Amnesty International. RAW in WAR presents the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award for women human rights defenders from war and conflict zones in the world.

Mariana has been involved with V-Day since 2000, when she helped bring the “Vagina Monologues” to her home country, Bulgaria, to be performed for the first time at Theatre 199 in Sofia. In 2001, Mariana organized the first V-Day in Bulgaria, which brought together in Sofia women activists from all Balkan countries, as well as Eve Ensler, who came to support the play and the Bulgarian activists. Mariana also took part in helping to organize the V-Day events in Brussels and Sarajevo, as well as participated in a number of V-Day actions around the world, such as in Madison Square Garden in New York, in Juarez, Mexico, in London and in New Orleans, among others.

Between March 2014-March 2016, Mariana Katzarova led the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Eastern Ukraine - covering Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhya. Earlier, Mariana Katzarova was the Adviser on Trafficking to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. She graduated from Sofia National University and Columbia University in New York and trained in international human rights and humanitarian law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and most recently in women’s leadership at the University of Oxford Said Business School.
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