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Thursday, 14 February 2013

One Billion Women Violated is an Atrocity, One Billion Rising is a Revolution!





It's been a while since we've posted. Life has been pretty intense for the both of us. I (Leila) have been applying for schools in Toronto to continue my education and it hasn’t been easy trying to find a prof to write me a refrence. Barry's been busy with work which has been quite hectic and life with Sandy going to school. So, our apologies! We usually try to post about once a week but as you can tell life has a way of telling you, it ain't happenin'.  

So I thought i'd put up a post and talk about  a really awesome movement that's happening today, or for some yesterday depending on the time zone. It's called 1Billion Rising and it's a call to action for people around the world. 1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.  That’s ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends. 
What 1 Billion Rising is asking is that one billion people around the world today at any time, anywhere, just get up and dance and demand to end violence. I know it sounds silly and in all honesty i thought so too at first. How is dancing supposed to solve anything?  Here’s what they have to say…

"Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It's dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It's free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It's contagious and it spreads quickly. It's of the body. It's transcendent."

“A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture end
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being”

I think one of the most beautiful things about it, is that it's peaceful. You don’t have to do much at all and the best part is, it’s free. A revolution isn't always about violence and anger, it can be about demanding change in a fun and productive way. It seems this movement has really caught on, Pakistan did it yesterday and though they didn't dance (Dancing is illegal in public) they had a discussion. As writers of this blog, we firmly believe that productive and honest discussions are one of the easiest and most effective ways to bring peace. 

Take a look at some of the people rising around the world...



Here's one movement in Bali Indonesia

Here's another from Mumbai India...some great interview included

Australia- Byron Beach. I couldn't get the video onto the blog but you really should check this one out!
http://onebillionrising.org/livestream/entry/rising-on-the-beach-in-byron-bay-australia


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