One Billion Rising – Protesting sexual violence against women.

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One Billion Rising (OBR) founded by Eve Enslerwith a moto “Strike, Dance, Rise !!!” to end rape and sexual violence against women. This global movement began on 2012 as a part of V-Day movement on Valentine Day.  The campaign began as a call to action based on staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.  With world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.  Since then, the campaign has expanded and held every year , with thousands of Risings events held on all continents;  its scope expanding and ever-widening, uniting the collective efforts of activists against all forms of violence against women and escalating to include a rising call against the systems that cause other forms of violence: imperialism, fascism, racism, capitalism, and neo-liberalism, working to highlight where all these issues interconnect.

Panel discussions, press conferences, movies, articles, gatherings, poetry, art, posters, rallies, dances, bold artistic initiatives that reflect the actions taking place in communities, multi-sectoral involvement, the One Billion Rising Campaign, which is part of the V-day Movement, provides a unique space to engage people from all walks of life.

Every year the global movement adopts a theme for campaign that becomes its theme for the solidarity movement. .  “Celebrating Constitution ! – Protecting Civil Liberties”was the theme for the year 2019. Thousands of One Billion Rising solidarity events have taken place throughout the world. These events were organised and produced by local activists .

In Ahmedabad, seven OBR events were organised through the efforts of Janvikas and 20 other organisation through canopy demonstration, Street plays and Talks at public places and colleges in various districts of Gujarat. The issues taken upwere pertaining to human rights violation under the framework of constitutional rights to make the society more inclusive and protecting the fundamental rights of the marginalised. There was urgent need that the campaign has to appeal to the masses and bring intersectionality of various groups.

All possible forms of media and public space were utilised creatively to spread the message of the campaign.