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Today We Rise. And the Next Day Too.

It's already begun. In many time zones, World Pulse members have started dancing, striking, and standing up to demand an end to violence against women.

Today, February 14th, 2013 has been designated by V-Day's One Billion Rising campaign as a day to RISE against gender violence, a day to call attention to the unacceptable abuse that affects 1 out of 3 women in her lifetime. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls founded by Eve Ensler.

World Pulse correspondent and community leader Neema Namadamu and the Maman Shujaa 'Hero Women' of Congo are dancing and speaking out at V-Day's City of Joy in Bukavu, DRC, joining Eve Ensler and women leaders of Congo.

In Portland, Oregon, World Pulse staff members have been practicing the Break the Chain dance, and will be leaving the office early this afternoon to join women and men from all over the city to march and dance in a public park. We will take with us the spirit of the World Pulse community and our shared objective of freedom from violence for all.

Around the world, World Pulse members are rising with their communities and speaking out against the violence.

"We are rising today to make a stand in behalf of peace and integrity on our bodies and lives, equal education and full participation in our societies," writes Nasreenamina of Argentina.

"I will rise against everything that reinforces the wrong notion that women aren’t significant," writes Kirthi Jayakumar of India. "I will Strike, Rise and Dance. For each survivor. For none of them are victims."

Read more here from World Pulse members who are rising.

Gender-based violence, which affects women in every corner of the globe, has been met with silence for too long. Today is one opportunity to turn news cameras and public attention to the issue. And tomorrow, when the news cameras begin to retreat, the hard work continues to make space EVERY day for the important story of women and men rising, speaking out, and working to end violence against women. Until the violence stops.

If you are looking for more reasons to rise, read stories and testimonies from our recent Ending Violence Against Women Campaign and listen the grassroots leaders who work every day to create a safer world for women.

Together. Today. Every day. Let's join them and rise to the challenge of ending violence against women.

Comments

Ntakebuka Wilhelmine's picture

ONE billion Rincing

Les hommes et les femmes se sont mis debout, ils ont dit NON aux différents formes des violences dont les femmes sont victimes. En présences de l'autorité provinciale, ainsi que la police qui a promis, par un acte d'engagement, d'accompagner les efforts des uns et des autres, en vue de mettre fin aux viols et violences fondées sur le genre, les femmes et les hommes de plusieurs nationalités se sont insurges contre les viols et les violences basées sur le genre. A mon avis le processus doit continuer, Cette campagne a été une étape importante, nous devons passer a une autre étape: celui de savoir par rapport a telle former de violence on prend quelle action en précisant la responsabilisation de l'action. Un travail de plaidoyer doit être fait. Des commissions de suivi doivent être mise en place.

Wilhelmine Ntakebuka

Sanjay Dixit's picture

Self-Esteem for girls/women

The Solution to this problem is to support girls and women around the world to build stronger self-esteem. This will protect her. This will protect her image. Girls/Women around the world need to get job opportunities that help/support them them to make significant contribution to the society in which they live and to humanity in general. This will make women feel that they are worthwhile contributors and during their life times they have made significant contribution to humanity in general. Women and girls are more sincere and honest then men and do not rely on violence. Only thing, they need opportunities to work, and this must be provided by society. People should not prey on their weaknesses.
With Best Regards,
Mr Sanjay Dixit
Mumbai,India

sanjay r. dixit

fidelity's picture

Economic empowerment is key

it is true we will raise our voices, walk on the, tell the whole world that violence against women must stop. however the solution is still not yet found the women and girls depend on the same abuser to feed them, clothe them, accommodate them in their houses, feed their children simply because the women are powerless. we must empower our women and girls first, let them get good education, generate income for them selves, contribute to the world economy and for sure their voices will be heard not only by sympathizers but developers too. we must support women/ girls around the globe to be self sufficient. A woman without economic freedom will always bed low even if she is a bused. she get a through beating in the evening but must full fill her conjugal duties to her abuser simply because in the morning she must ask for bread for breakfast for her children.

fidelis

fidelis

Gaya's picture

Economic Empowerment for Women

I agree with you Fidelis. A lot of women who are economically marginalized are forced to stay in an abusive environment because they are afraid that they will not be able to feed their children on their own. Most of these women do not have the right education to start a business or get a stable job so they often rely on their abusive partners for support. Since it is very difficult to "bite the hands that feed them" these women often tolerate the abuses. This should never be the case. If society can offer better economic environment for women, there will be less number of girls who would stay in abusive relationships for economic reasons.

fidelity's picture

Thanks Gaya, i believe this

Thanks Gaya,
i believe this is the time to break the cycle of violence against women by empowering them. we need to champion women empowerment. please visit this website and let me know your thoughts.
www.yawi.org. programs light is basic project.
regards
fidelis

fidelis

Gaya's picture

Economic Empowerment for Women

Hi Fidelis,

I just visited your website and I think that you are doing a great job helping women. I come from a developing country too and the situation in many of our areas are often dire. The face of poverty and hardship is almost always the face of a woman. We need more champions who have novel and innovative ideas to change that scenario. We need to let people understand that poverty is an act of violence against women and children. Poverty dehumanizes people and we need to do something about that to uphold human dignity.

Best regards,

Gaya

Umaiyal's picture

Not only economical empowerment...

I think we cannot separate the aspects whether economical empowerment is the key or other things are essential, rather we have to look through intersectionality. For instance, if we consider women, whose husbands are economical migrants and sending monthly remittance, but the woman has less ability to think critically, so she spend money in inappropriate ways. Also, if the woman does not know what to do when she or her children got sick, the money she has become useless. Thus, I believe, we have to think in an integrated perspective such as providing education, creating awareness about women's rights, providing equal access to health care, and giving opportunities in community development will empower women, than just providing economical empowerment.

Umaiyal's picture

Not only economical empowerment...

I think we cannot separate the aspects whether economical empowerment is the key or other things are essential, rather we have to look through intersectionality. For instance, if we consider women, whose husbands are economical migrants and sending monthly remittance, but the woman has less ability to think critically, so she spend money in inappropriate ways. Also, if the woman does not know what to do when she or her children got sick, the money she has become useless. Thus, I believe, we have to think in an integrated perspective such as providing education, creating awareness about women's rights, providing equal access to health care, and giving opportunities in community development will empower women, than just providing economical empowerment.

fidelity's picture

sure Umaiyal, we can not

sure Umaiyal, we can not really separate the aspects but we must have a starting point. i have experienced through my development work and women empowerment. when you discuss of good health, good education and so on the answers are always, ...we do not have the resources to do it. money sent my migrant husbands is never enough and the women must do something to fill in the gaps. therefore economic empowerment is the Key to all other kind of empowerment. when women stay in abusive marriage the excuse/reason is, we do not have our own income so we must depend on this men to provide for our children. speaking to these women about women rights is a uphill task because they do not understand rights if they can not support themselves. so economic empowerment is the bottom line.

fidelis

amymorros's picture

The Rising

Great! I attended an event in St. Louis hosted by Safe Connections, a local non-profit that provides individual counseling to enable thousands of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to reclaim their lives. Over 400 men and women attended and danced and listened to our speaker. It was truly an inspiration. There were 100's of events like this around the world.

Amy
@amyinstl

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