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Dearest Activist, Friends, Supporters, Saturday was an unforgettable day. One which demonstrated the true power of our solidarity as activists across the globe held actions in every region of the planet in cities as far reaching as Kathmandu, Manila, New York, Mexico City, Dhaka, Bukavu, and Rome. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for coming out, for giving your time and your hearts. Because of you, the women living inside Afghanistan felt seen and heard and know that they are not alone in their struggle. By coming out to listen, by reading their testimonies, by holding space for them and sharing...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) Together, we take to the streets in a global day of action during which activists, women’s organizations, human rights groups, and high profile individuals will mount in person events in cities, towns and areas across the globe. RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN is a call to action developed in consultation with grassroots women leaders and activists on the ground in Afghanistan. A call to activists, supporters, allies, and elected officials to advocate for a more feminist forward foreign policy that prioritizes the self-determination of the Afghan people and non-violence, sustainability and freedom. Women of the world...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) On Saturday, September 25, we will take to the streets in a global day of action during which activists, women’s organizations, human rights groups, and high profile individuals will mount in person events in cities, towns and areas across the globe. PLAN or FIND an event in your city/town/school» Worldwide events are being led by local Afghan activists and informed by activists on the ground in Afghanistan. Already activists are planning events in Mexico, Croatia, Eswatini, Congo, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Italy, UK, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Thailand, Nigeria, Portugal, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Zambia, Austria, and the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: media@vday.org Events Planned in Mexico, Croatia, Eswatini, Congo, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Italy, UK, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Thailand, Nigeria, Portugal, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Zambia, Austria, and the United States September 17, 2021 - Following an online day of solidarity on September 1 in which activists, individuals, and groups from over 85 countries participated, RISE FOR AND WITH THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN will take to the streets on Saturday, September 25 in a day of global solidarity. Activists, women’s and human rights groups, and high profile individuals will mount in person actions across the globe. Some...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) We rose online on 1 September, now we will RISE in the streets 25 September. Already activists around the globe have planned events in the streets in Mexico, Croatia, Congo, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, UK, Philippines, Jamaica, Portugal, Taiwan, Austria, and the United States with events in Los Angeles and New York City in the works. Plan a rising in your community, school, or town. We take our lead from our Afghan sisters – activists who have amplified the on-the-ground realities and needs for over twenty years, working tirelessly and creatively to support women and girls and their...

Women of the world and our allies stand with the women – and all vulnerable groups – of Afghanistan against imperialism, militarism, fundamentalism, and fascism. None of us are free until the women of Afghanistan are free. We believe the women of Afghanistan have the right to education, to travel, to freedom of movement, to jobs, to security, just having freedom to be able to breathe and be. We cannot underestimate the power of our solidarity at this moment....

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org)   With the pandemic’s devastating effects on the prison communities and the world, this year has been tough on all of us. August 12th, 2021, was a day criminal justice advocates set aside to remember the life of Valerie Gaiter, my co-defendant. Val never received the proper medical evaluation and attention that could have saved her life. She also was never granted clemency. A group of formerly incarcerated women, men, and several assembly members came together for Val Gaiter: Chris Burdick, Carmen De La Rosa, Julian Salazar, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Harvey Epstein, Taylor Darling Latrice Walker, David Weprin, and Assembly Deputy Majority...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) As a global women’s movement of grassroots activists, we have stood with the women of Afghanistan for 20 years against this ill thought-out war that was never in support of the Afghan women, and this exit proves that. One Billion Rising condemns the anti-democratic Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. We condemn the United States, who after 20 years of military occupation and endless war, have withdrawn the last US forces with seemingly no thought to the lives of the women, girls, and people of Afghanistan, their security, or their future, already damaged in the years of war. What has this war...

City of Joy is a revolutionary leadership center for women survivors of gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, co-founded by Christine Schuler Deschryver (City of Joy Director and Director of V-Day Congo), Dr. Denis Mukwege (Nobel Laureate and Founder of the Panzi Hospital), and V (formerly Eve Ensler, Founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising, playwright and activist). Eighty seven women graduated from 19th class at City of Joy on 29 June. Some of the staff from the Panzi Foundation participated in the graduation. Prince Dadju, a French musician born from Congolese parents, visited. Through his Give Back Charity,...

(Reposted from onebillionrising.org) One Billion Rising stands in solidarity with the people of Eswatini in their call for Eswatini Leaders/ Government to engage in dialogue and not to deprive people their rights to freedom of expression. Shared from Eswatini activists: “There have been ongoing unrest and protests happening in Eswatini following the government barring the people of Eswatini the right to freedom of expression and unleash the police/military to intimidate and torture civilians. Eswatini is a land locked country in Southern Africa which is ruled by King Mswati 111 an absolute monarchy. We call for the King of Eswatini and the Government to stop...