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Strike! Dance! Rise!, One Billion dares to defy violence

One billion rising Feminists India

By OBR-Karnataka

The brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi shocked the collective conscience of the country in a way that no other act of violence against women has in recent times. More such incidents increasingly being reported in the press are slowly but relentlessly revealing the ugly underbelly of modern times and its culture of misogyny that violently discriminates against women denying her dignity and autonomy. And many times her life.

Despite their visibility in public life, women from all classes and communities are facing and living with myriad forms of violence. Apart from rapes and sexual violence including sexual harassment in work places, domestic violence and wife murders, abductions, killing of girl children even before they are born; rapes of women from vulnerable communities in times of caste or communal conflict, or by the military and police in conflict areas be it tribal regions, North East or Kashmir; closer home in Mangalore, young girl molested and brutalised on public television by right wing goons in the name of culture; women from the recently razed EWS quarters in Koramangala beaten, dragged out of homes with their children and made homeless and desolate. This violence has many brutal faces.

But we can hear the wind slowly rising. The leaves rustling in the breeze.

There is a quiet revolution that is brewing. Both globally and locally. There are an increasing number of voices all across the world that are saying: Enough is Enough!

The streets of India and even Bangalore particularly after the horrific incident in Delhi last year have come alive with diverse voices that are beginning to speak out against violence against women. Another such voice is the global call for One Billion Rising. A call that has been initiated by playwright and author Eve Ensler to mark that fifteenth anniversary of ‘V-day’, a Global Movement of Grassroots activists in New York City, on February 14, 2013.

The Call for the Day is STRIKE! DANCE! RISE!

A call that groups all over the world are echoing in their own countries in an act of global solidarity. On February 14,there will be 13, 000 organisations in 190 countries around the world holding noisy, energetic events encouraging “activists, writers ,thinkers, celebrities, women and men to strike, dance and rise”. While in South Asia, across eight countries, more than 300 organisations have come together to launch the campaign in their respective regions, in India the One Billion Rising Campaign is being organised in more than 15 states by a wider spectrum of organisations including women’s groups, Dalit groups, human right activists, writers and artistes.

In Bangalore too, a broad coalition of women’s and human rights groups, concerned individuals, educational institutions and youth/professional/theatre groups are coming together in Cubbon Park, between 2.30 to 7.00p.m on February 14, 2013. We invite all those concerned with what is happening to come together and participate through song, dance, street plays, storytelling, poetry reading, painting…. and contribute to strengthening the incredible web of peaceful resistance that can be woven to make violence against women and indeed the violence of all wars, unthinkable.

Come and dare to defy the culture of violence that is consuming us and care to dream of a culture of peace and solidarity that will sustain and humanise us.

Invitation_One Billion Rising India


By OBR-Delhi

In Delhi a cultural event will be organized on 14 February evening 5pm-8pm at Parliament Street. The program will include the performance of a flash mob of over 100 people, a play on VAW by Asmita Theatre followed by an opening speech by Kamla Bhasin, songs by Vidya Shah, a choreographed dance on VAW by students of Kamla Nehru College, a monologue by Lady Shri Ram College student, a skit by Miranda House students, songs by community women and commitments by eminent activists. The evening will end with songs by Vinay and Charul from Ahmedabad and the lighting of candles to salute the spirit of Nirbhaya. There will also be an exhibition of posters and a performance by the Delhi Drummers group.

During the day on the 14th of Feb. there will be simultaneous programs in each of zone of Delhi. North campus program will be at Miranda with an inter-college street play competition (A music performance) and a rally to board public vehicles and reach Parliament Street. In East Zone, at Seemapuri around 1000 people will assemble at Community Park and pledge against VAW. In West Zone, Anhad (an NGO), IP University, National Law University and Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences are organising a programme in Dwarka. Vrinda Grover will be one of the key speakers. In South Zone; LSR, and Kamla Nehru College Students are organizing a day long program at LSR campus. There will be dance on theme of women empowerment, street play and songs by Indian Music Society.

10-15 organizations are organizing a program at Dilli Haat. Around 250 people from the community, college students and member of Delhi Rising Group will gather there to spread message on ‘Violence against Women’. The program will start at 11:30 am with Flash Mob, street plays and other activities.

The community leaders from 4-5 organisations would march covering eight blocks of Bawana J.J. Colony, singing songs, shouting slogans and spreading the key message of zero tolerance to all forms of violence inflicted against women and girls. A Street Play (15 mins) Sangharshi, produced and directed by the youth collectives would also be performed in three central venues of Bawana J.J. Colony. The play would focus on a woman’s courage to rise in spite of the violence entrenched in all the stages of her life cycle. The event would be followed by a candle light pledge.

One Billion rising delhi

Mumbai Rising
By OBR- Mumbai

Join us on 14th February 2013 from 5.30 to 8.45 pm, at Bandstand Amphitheatre, Bandra , Next to Taj Land’s end. Performances from artistes, singers, dancers, rappers and celebrities including: Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Mita Vashisht, Jhelum Paranjpe, Javed Akhtar, Tarana Raja, Swang Group, Violinist Sunita Bhuyan.

5:30pm – MC Manmeet Kaur representing Hip Hop and collaborating w/d BGirl Amb from Roc Fresh Crew

6pm – Flash dance: People who are going to dance furiously to make a statement of solidarity and protest against the atrocities on women…everyone can join in

6:30pm – An Open drum Circle for everyone (male and female) to partake in and let loose at Sunset. Lead by Aarti Sinha.

Vadodara Rising
By OBR-Vadodara

On 12th February 2013, between 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. around 1,000 people of Vadodara participated in Cultural programme to end the violence in Society.

People of Vadodara took pledge to work towards Violence Free, Equitable and Women Friendly Vadodara.

A month long programme like group discussions, Shibirs, rallies, meetings etc were conducted in various localities of Vadodara, the first city level collective programme was organized on 12-2-2013 at Muktanand Garba Ground, Karelibaug, Vadodara between 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. It was a programme of cultural expression. The idea was to reclaim the progressive cultural space of Vadodara, known as Sanskari Nagari or Cultural Capital of Gujarat.

The programme had started with the OBR song written by Kamla Bhasin and team, “Ye So Karod Ka Kahena Hinsa ko Ab nahin Sahena…”

A play “Let the daughters Blossom” was staged by adolescent girls from Nirmala Nursing school, Navayard, Vadodara.

A play “Lathi Katha” based on a Ethiopian folk story “A song of Sicky” was presented by activists of Sahiyar (Stree Sangathan).

A dance performance on Bhupen Hazarika’s Song, ‘Ganga tu Baheti hai Kyu … was presented by well known dancer Ms Parul Shah and her group.

United youth organisation and Olakh staged a short Play called “Akhir Kab Tak” questioning the society regarding, why the silence is maintained by the people on various forms of violence on women.

On the whole total 9 poems were recited by women poets and a person from third gender expressing beautifully inner feelings, anguish and desire to cross the boundaries of the society. They were the highlights and had touched the inner soul of the audience.

A beautiful display of posters, slogans, puppets, banners and paintings were made by well known artists of Vadodara, ordinary people, Youth and young girls from slum area.

Overall the presentation of plays, poetry, dance, Garba, Posters, etc, were witnessed and applauded by 1000 strong crowd cutting across all sections of the society. The audience was not just mere spectators but were thoroughly involved throughout the programme.

At the end every one young and old, men and women participated in jagruti garba (Gujarati Folk Dance with feminist songs) presented by Samanvay Musical group .

Earlier we had decided to reach out to at least 10000 people who will take pledge to end violence against women and working towards a ‘Violence Free, Equitable and Women Friendly Vadodara’ but after the experience of yesterdays program we feel that now more than 13000 people will take pledge to end the violence against women.

About 3500 people, students and teachers from several Schools, including Vinay Vidyalay, Surajba Prerana Vidyalay, Geeta Mandir School, Parivar Vidyalay, M.E.S. High School Yakutpura, M.E.S. High School Nagarwada, Shri Narayan Vidyalay, have signed the pledge to end violence after a discussion with the students, on the issue of violence against women, initiated by the activists associated with the campaign along with the teaches.

Schools associated with Navrachana Education Society, Jeevan Sadhna School, Lal Bahadur Shashtri Vidyalay, Mahasrshi Shri Arvind Vidyalay will signed the pledge on 14th February 2013.

Forth Coming Programmes:

14th February 2013

11.00 a.m. people will take pledge where ever they are, in their workplace, or educational institutions.

5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. – Collective Human Chain with pledge to end violence

Venue: From the Faculty of Fine Arts Opp. Sayaji garden onwards

7.00p.m.- Flash Mob to be performed collectively after the human chain

Venue- Centre Square Mall For Joining the Collective Rising in Vadodara
A human Chain, public demonstration followed by flash mob is organized on 14th February 2013.

One billion rises to end violence

One Billion Rising -India

February 14, 2013 will see over 13000 organisations around the globe coming together for the One Billion Rising campaign that demands to stop violence against women

By Team FI

One billion women are being called upon to stand up and rise in a demand to stop violence against women across the world on February 14, 2013. In South Asia, the time of rising is between 1300 (1 PM) and 1800 (6 PM). The One Billion Rising campaign was called into action by V-Day, an organization established by activist and playwright Eve Ensler. Activities towards creating awareness of the campaign have ramped up all over the world – over 13,000 organizations around the globe, and 176 countries have committed to participate and hold events on February 14, 2013.

The organization that kick started the campaign – V-Day – came into being on Valentine’s Day in 1998 due to the efforts of Eve Ensler and a group of women in New York City. The organization that describes itself as a global movement of grassroots activists pledged to generate awareness and interest and also funds to “stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.” One of the activities decided was to allow women groups all over the world to stage Ensler’s historical play Vagina Monologues once a year and use the funds generated for their local activities.

In 2012, V-Day decided to launch the campaign of One Billion Rising. When United Nation reported that 1 in 3 women on the planet, that is one billion women, will face violence – beaten or raped – in their lifetime, V-Day decided to invite one billion women across the world to stand up against violence – “walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence” on February 14th, 2013 – the date of V-Day’s 15th Anniversary. The campaign states that, “One Billion Rising is a promise that we will rise up with millions of women and men around the world to say, “ENOUGH! The violence ends NOW”.”

In the South Asian region, across eight countries, more than 300 organizations have come together to launch the campaign in their respective areas. In India, the One Billion Rising Campaign is being worked on in more than 15 states. Organizations including women’s groups, Dalit groups, human right activists, writers, artistes including Aparna Sen, Javed Akhtar, Mahasweta Devi, Mallika Sarabhai, Mita Vasisht, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, Rituparno Ghosh, Samik Bandyopadhyay, Shabana Azmi, Soumitra Chatterjee and Usha Uthup, and men and women and children have participated in the events that form the run up to February 14.

The One Billion Rising Campaign was launched in India in Delhi when Sangat, Jagori and the Jamia Outreach Programme along with over 36 women and community collectives/groups came together at the Jamia Millia Islamia University on November 24, 2012. The Minister for Women and Child Development, Delhi, Ms. Kiran Walia partnered the effort.

The International Association of Women in Radio and Television launched a film festival OUR LIVES … TO LIVE which had films from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Iran, Africa, Australia and South America. Simultaneously in Bengaluru and New Delhi on 23-25 Nov 2012. The film festival was also held in Mumbai and Thrissur.

In Mumbai, Vacha Trust launched One Billion Rising in Kalyan in Thane District on January 4 2013, with 500 girls. OBR was launched in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Human Rights Day in 2012 where over a thousand people assembled. As part of the One Billion Rising Campaign, Eve Ensler visited Delhi on the 7th and 8th of January.

Oath prepared by veteran feminist Kamla Bhasin
I will not discriminate against women and girls in any way
I will not be violent towards anyone, especially women and girls
I will not keep quiet if violence is done to me
I will actively oppose violence being done to any woman/girl.

Mumbai – Black Bindi Day
Boycott Jan 26th for Women’s Rights in India
Time: Saturday, January 26, 2013 (All Day Event) GMT+05:30
Host: Deepti Datt
Location: Mumbai, India (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
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February Events

February 10th
Awareness march and street dance

An Awareness March followed by a street dance by a local troupe, candle light vigil and a Signature Campaign
Time: Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT+05:30
Host: Anuradha Kataria
Location: Delhi NCR (Gurgaon, Delhi NCR). Leisure Valley Park,
Sector 30, Gurgaon, Delhi NCR 122001

February 14 – Delhi Rising
Delhi is ready to rise for the women and girls around the world.
Joins us and participate in multiple flash mobs, demonstrations and other events to occupy public places.
Follow Delhi Rising on Twitter @delhirising
Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 (All Day Event) GMT+05:30
Host: shruti singh
Location: New Delhi (Delhi, Delhi)

Bangalore Rising
Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM GMT+05:30
Host: Neeraj Verma
Location: Victoria Statue, MG Road (Bangalore, KArnataka)

Pune Rising
Organised by Matru Chhaya Charitable Trust and S.M.A.R.T Women Internationa, the event will start at 11 am from Phoenix Market City and then go to Amanora township and then to S.G.S mall in M.G. Road.
Contact: www.matruchhaya.sewa@yahoo.co.in or burchettroland@yahoo.in. You can even call us on 9823707861.
Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 (All Day Event) GMT+05:30
Host: Sabrina Burchett
Location: Wadgaon Sheri (Pune, Maharashtra)

Himalayas Rising

Students, activists, leaders, villagers and townspeople walk , dance and sing together. signature campaign, street plays, live band also planned.
Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM GMT+05:30
Host: Meenakshi F. Paul
Location: The Ridge, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

Mumbai Rising
Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 (All Day Event) GMT+05:30
Host: Apeksha Vora
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
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One Billion Rising flash mob
Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 PM – 12:10 PM GMT+05:30
Host: Chriselle B
Location: Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Chandigarh Rising
Details are still being worked on. What’s in the pipeline is a dance, a few street plays by teams from the local colleges, a platform for the local political leaders, a stage where local musicians may perform, etc depending on what can be prepared.
Feel free to pour in your ideas/recommendations!
Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT+05:30
Host: Eesha Devgan
Location: Sector 17 Plazio, Chandigarh 160044

Watch Break The Chain – One Billion Rising Anthem

Produced by Even Ensler and V-Day, directed by Tony Stroebel, music by Tena Clark and Tim Heintz and choreographed by Debbie Allen.

Featured photo courtesy – V-Day