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One Billion Rising

Our RAWA sisters in Afghanistan are Rising for Freedom amidst devastating conditions. We stand in awe of their voice, their bravery and their solidarity with activists rising across the globe. Here is their statement that they have asked us to share with you: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) participated in this year's One Billion Rising for freedom. Throughout the week-long event, small gatherings, slogan writing, and other activities were held in our home-based classes, courses, centers, and homes in cities like Kabul, Mazar, and Herat. During these events, discussions centered on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, particularly the challenges...

We Asked Our One Billion Rising Council What Rising for Freedom Means to Them As we write, activists worldwide are planning and staging their Rise for Freedom creative rising actions and events. We asked our One Billion Rising Council what Rising for Freedom means to them. Here’s what Monique Wilson, Global Director of One Billion Rising, Abha Bhaiya, One Billion Rising Coordinator for India and Joms Salvador, One Billion Rising Coordinator for the Philippines shared with us...

Every February, we rise across the world to show our local communities and the world what ONE BILLION looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable. Activists in 120 countries staged rising events in 2023. They resonated in the contexts of gender, race, war, poverty, environment, youth, indigenous, and...

RIGHT/WRITE TO HEAL'S INSPIRING JOURNEY TO THE BEYOND THE BARS CONFERENCE IN NAIROBI V-Day’s Beyond Incarceration project continues to amplify the experiences of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. In her latest in the ‘Dispatches from Beyond Incarceration’ blog series, Roz Smith, V-Day’s Beyond Incarceration project manager, writes about her experience traveling to Nairobi for the Beyond Bars conference with the Right/Write to Heal Initiative, a joint project of the Columbia Center for Justice and V-Day. Roz takes us inside the conference writing, “In the heart of Nairobi, from November 30th to December 1st, the Beyond the Bars conference became pivotal for advocates,...

JOIN US, RISE IN 2024 As we write, One Billion Rising coordinators and activists and communities are planning hundreds of rising events, festivals and actions around the globe. They are escalating the call to #RiseForFreedom in response to the ongoing intensification of violence – rape, hate, exclusion, killing, discrimination, exploitation, abuse, wars, division, occupation and control. In response to the rapid rollback of rights to their bodies, minds and resources amidst the growing and unprecedented spread of fascism devastating our freedoms. Rise For Freedom is defining and reclaiming what FREEDOM means within solidarity, democracy, safety, equality, dignity and justice, and in the context...

UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS V-Day is a movement that has worked for decades in war zones in places like Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. We have been invited into regions that are typically ignored and made invisible to the western world, and - together with our sisters and survivors on the ground - have seen firsthand what war does to women and women's bodies, what it does to men, what it does to communities regardless of race, religion or geography, and what it does to our collective humanity. We know how rape and...

For over 25 years, V-Day’s work to end violence against women, gender expansive people, and girls has been situated at the intersection of ending war, racism, colonialism, imperialism, occupation, and climate injustice. Over our decades of work, we have stood in solidarity with women suffering the consequences of war in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Iraq, Sudan, and Haiti. We know that war has a particularly deadly and disproportionate impact on women and children. We believe in a feminism that liberates all people from racist, capitalist, patriarchal terror. War is a tool of patriarchal violence and doesn’t solely dehumanize women but...

(Repost from Instagram and One Billion Rising) #VDay and #1BillionRising call for a CEASEFIRE NOW. As the bombardment escalates, as civilian deaths in Gaza rise, and the humanitarian crisis has become catastrophic. As a movement working to END VIOLENCE against women, girls, gender expansive people and the Earth, we oppose violence committed by ANYONE. We do not believe violence is the solution in Israel or Palestine or ANYWHERE. Pressure your government representatives, demand a ceasefire now. Visit: vday.org/Gaza. To read our full statement and actions/organizations you can URGENTLY support. #UntilTheViolenceStops...

As a movement working to END VIOLENCE against women, girls, gender expansive people and the Earth, we oppose violence committed by ANYONE.   We do not believe violence is the solution in Israel or Palestine or ANYWHERE.   For violence to end, to preserve lives, we must return to the historical roots of oppression. The violence of decades of occupation, of apartheid, of dispossession.  The violence of the denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people to be free – the freedom to move, learn, dream, travel, play, thrive, hope, aspire, live. Equally, and with dignity and peace. Like many groups and individuals around...