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Dear One Billion Risers for Justice,

We write to you one month before 14 February, the actual day we will rise and dance for Justice. But we all know One Billion Rising for Justice is clearly not just a day. It is a campaign, a strategy, a determination, a new energy. It is months of preparation, investigation, and collaboration. It is the careful, conscious work of building a coalition, inviting new activists, and acknowledging those who have been on the frontlines for years. It is envisioning and writing new laws and legislation. It is breaking the silence, releasing our stories, naming and identifying injustices, creating demands, organizing forums and panels and events, as well as writing songs and poems and plays, and making videos. It is identifying the places where we will rise. It is learning about our sisters’ struggles around the world and making them our own. It is bringing the most marginalized to the front. It is the grassroots leading the way. It is men joining and standing with us. It is acknowledging the places of intersection. It is a decision, a vision of the world where the bodies of women and the body of our mother earth are honored and cherished and safe and held sacred. It is trust. It is expanding our identities and wounds to include the others. It is a fierce refusal to undermine or attack or diminish, but to take the time to find the language to express our grievances and frustrations, with the belief that each one of us in this struggle is on a path of evolution and revolution, wounded, broken, and doing our best. It is a wild energy that says Yes. Freedom is possible. Unity is Possible. Everything is possible. It is a Rising – dissolving borders, edges, separations. It is love, an unstoppable wave of love and justice.

Let’s Rise and not stop Rising. Let’s blow the lid off the old story and Dance into the new one.

Rise, Release, Dance for Justice!

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE Global Coordinators:


Rada Boric
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia

Khushi Kabir
Bangladesh

Berry Heart
Botswana

Monique Wilson, One Billion Rising Director
Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Dianne Madray
Caribbean: Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago

Marsha Pamela Lopez
Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama. South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela

Christine Schuler-Deschryver
Democratic Republic of Congo

Ines Eichmuller, Karin Heisecke, Ivana Smith
Germany

Abdul Karim
Ghana

Anne-christine d’Adesky
Haiti

Elena Montorsi, Nico Corradini, Nicoletta Billi
Italy

Karabo Tshikube
Johannesburg, South Africa

Rosie Motene
Johannesburg, South Africa

Andy Kawa
Johannesburg /Eastern Cape, South Africa


Naomi Mwaura
Kenya

Adela Ramakau, Lerato Ramaili
Lesotho

Mbachi Joyce Ng'oma
Malawi

Andres Naime
Mexico

Mily Trevino-Sauceda
Mexico/ USA farmers

Frieda Karipi
Nambia

Amy Oyekunle
Nigeria

Nighat Rizvi
Pakistan

Sajjad Akbar
Pakistan

Iman Aoun
Palestine

Jason Day
Peru

Fartuun Adan
Somalia

Kamla Bhasin
South Asia: Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri-Lanka

Abha Bhaiya
South Asia: Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri-Lanka


Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende
Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia,

Fahima Hashim
Sudan

Colani Hlatjwako
Swaziland

Rossana Abueva, Thea Tadiar
UK

Pat Reuss
USA (DC/ National Organization of Women)

Marya Meyer
USA (Miami)

Delia Cohen
USA (prisons)

Lindsey Horvath
USA (West Hollywood)

Isatou Touray
West Africa: The Gambia, La Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone

Zubeida Shaik
West Cape, South Africa

Sampa Wilkie
Zambia

Nyasha Sengayi
Zimbabwe

Eve Ensler
And the V-Day team – Susan, Cecile, Christine, Monique, Purva, Shael, Tony, Kate, Amy, Laura, Carl, Joliz, Noelle, & Kristina

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