08 Feb V-Rising Season is ON
One Billion Rising activists are taking to the streets across the globe amplifying some of the most pressing issues that intersect with violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence). Risings are Raising the Vibration, amplifying the voices of survivors, youth, and communities globally, making lasting impact through creative vision and voice.
Risings are planned in over 180 countries. India is rising in all 29 states, hundreds of risings are planned in Poland, Germany, Italy and the Philippines respectively. Across Europe, the European Women’s Lobby has launched a massive OBR social media campaign. Activists are amplifying local issues and across the board are making the connections to climate change and violence against women and girls.
We’ve begun a global schedule of events, and will be adding more – check it out here (list in formation).
How are you RISING? Tell us on social media and tag us – #RaiseTheVibration and #1BillionRising so we can share your Rising with the world!
Women Workers ROSE in NYC This Week
Photo Credit: Kisha Bari
Joining the thousands of One Billion Rising creative resistance actions happening all over the world, on 3 February, restaurant workers, Eve, Times Up members and actresses Carmen LoBue and Alysia Reiner, social justice artist/musician Taína Asili, One Billion Rising, One Fair Wage, allies, and 25+ other groups RAISED THE VIBRATION and staged a public self defense training in response to Governor Cuomo’s New Year’s Eve announcement that he would enact One Fair Wage – a full minimum wage with tips included – for all tipped laborers except restaurant workers.
It is the first in a series of WOMEN WORKERS RISING mass self-defense actions, organized by One Billion Rising and One Fair Wage. In New York, restaurant workers are primarily women of color who suffer from three times the poverty rate of workers in non-tipped industries. Because restaurant servers have to rely on customer tips to pay their rent and feed their families, these women endure the highest rates of sexual harassment in any industry.
“When I worked in a Michelin Star restaurant, I would have some customers who would ask me to sit on their lap. I would have male co-workers, who were also my superiors, who would flirt or try to get me to sleep with them,” said Carmen LoBue, actress and member of Time’s Up.
A letter signed by nearly 30 advocacy and women’s rights organizations was delivered to the Governor, urging him to eliminate the subminimum wage for restaurant workers in New York. Organizations who co-signed the letter include One Fair Wage, One Billion Rising, Make the Road New York, Citizen Action of New York, National Employment Law Project, National Women’s Law Center, New York Civil Liberties Union, The New York Women’s Foundation, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and more.
VIEW photos, check out our photo gallery >
READ coverage of the event: Gothamist/WNYC: Restaurant Workers Left Out Of $15/Hour Minimum Wage Plan; AM New York, Restaurant workers rally in Manhattan for a more equal ‘One Fair Wage’ plan; WCBS News Radio 880, Tipped Restaurant Workers Call On State For $15 Minimum Wage; El Diario, Trabajadoras de restaurantes piden a Cuomo el salario mínimo regular
NEW! Mujer Valiente/Like A Woman Spanish Language Video Released
The video to MUJER VALIENTE, the Spanish language translation of “Like a Woman” by singer songwriter Ryan Amador performed by Kike Jiménez (finalist on The Voice Mexico) and Sean O’Connell (Singer/Songwriter and translator of Mujer Valiente and Spanish Language version of Break The Chain), has been released today! Produced by One Billion Rising Mexico global coordinator Andrés Naime and featuring testimonies about the women in their lives by comedian Manu NNa, playwright Victor Barba, personal trainer Cisse Occean Andoeza, actor Andrés Durán, chef Andrés De León, activist Quique Galdeano, artist and activist Thomas Fléchel, politician Alejandro Orozco, and Andrés Naime.
“Mujer Valiente/Like a Woman” are part of V-Day’s initiative to create provocative art pieces that inspire people to act.
“Many of us young people believe there’s no such thing as misogyny or gender-based violence anymore, when really it’s as strong as ever. Every day there are new cases of missing women, many sold, murdered, or victims of violence at home. It is so important that we create consciousness and awareness that these are real and actual problems that cannot be ignored. It’s an honor to be a voice for this amazing cause.” – Kike Jiménez, singer of “Mujer Valiente.”
We invite men everywhere to join the campaign, upload your own “Like a Woman” and “Mujer Valiente” tributes, reflecting your appreciation for the women in your life while also considering what it means to be a man in a world where one in three women are directly affected by sexual violence.
Join Us – RISE 2020:
V-Day: Say It, Stage It – PRODUCE a V-Day benefit as an Artistic Uprising in your college/university, in your community.
One Billion Rising: Rise for Revolution – RISE in your community, for your community
City of Joy: Turn Pain to Power – SCREEN the documentary, SUPPORT the Women in DR Congo