New Delhi, 2 Nov 2015: For the fourth consecutive year we are getting ready to RISE big time against Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as One Billion Rising.
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The Campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012 began as a call to action based on the UN staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.
OBR is the culmination of the global women’s movement fighting against VAWG for the past many decades. Since millions have been RISING in 207 countries, OBR is the largest ever global mobilization and the biggest war on planet earth. No other war affects over a billion people and no war is waged within homes and within most intimate relationships.
In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalized women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change, to end violence against women and girls; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for ourselves.
“Preparations for One Billion Rising 2016, have started in different parts of the world. As long as violence is there we will Rise against it. We launched OBR South Asia in Kathmandu on 2nd October, 2015, the International Non Violence Day.” Kamla Bhasin the South Asia Coordinator of One Billion Rising
OBR Delhi has collaborated with a powerful film maker Madhureeta Anand and jointly organized a launch of the trailer of her feature film Kajarya today at a symbolic space of protest – Jantar Mantar. This film is on sex selection, the most horrific violence in India.
Sex selective abortion is the biggest violence against girls and our country is the worst affected. It is incredible that we have killed millions of girls and our own families are responsible for it. Estimates say that 50 million girls have gone missing from the Indian demographic. Hundreds of people gathered at Jantar Mantar and lit the candles in the memory of about 50 million girls who were not allowed to be born.
“Kajarya is a fierce, disturbing, lyrical and illuminating tour de force imploring us to face the patriarchal murdering of thousands of our girl babies and how structural and traditional oppression, destroys women, turning them against their own souls. It is a brave and important film and should be seen by all”. Eve Ensler, American Playwrite who initiated the One Billion Rising Campaign