One Woman Rising With a Billion
I have been invited to add my voice to the noble cause of the global campaign One Billion Rising Gender Violence. I am honored to participate in this global initiative in which women beyond our ethnicity, religion, economic and social reality, will rise against Gender Violence, a crime that kills women every day, and damage our dignity, self-esteem and integrity.
The reason for the organizers of "One Billion Rising" to invite me is the need for representation of the voices of Latin American women of diverse identities, in the description of gender violence and the power of social networks in generating flows of information, support and solutions.
According to Vanessa Oniboni, Campaign Coordinator for the Spanish-speaking audience, my participation was considered "not only because she represents one of the most important Hispanic voices; also her input on the use of social networks and on Islamic feminism, is something our international platform want to higlight on the campaign to give space to these important and fundamental issues of our time. "
It is therefore a double honor and responsibility for me: I am pleased, one hand, that One Billion Rising granted a space to Latin American women to express the extreme violence we live day by day, as members of a continent that was born from the subjugation and genocide, but has also learned to break free and build hope.
In the other, as a Muslim, is an opportunity to break the stereotypes that reduce my presence to a silent one, to blur the bias on a veil that is interpreted as submission to patriarchy, to say that I have a voice, that identities are wealth and it's good that women can add them all and turn them into a bonfire for our rights, around which all have a place.
The campaign has been launched by V-Day: Global Movement of activists to end violence against women and girls founded by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. In 14 years the movement has raised over $ 90 million to grassroots organizations in over 140 countries. Every two years, V-Day launched a campaign to draw attention to those areas in the world that are the most dangerous for women. The last two were the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti. This year, V-Day has decided to take a step further by launching a global campaign One Billion Rising, which have joined activists, writers, thinkers and figures known as the Spanish singer Bebe.
What will we do?
The action is simple, on February 14, 2013 we will take the streets all over the world to speak out, dance and stand up, to show our strength, our numbers, our weariness from violence and solidarity that goes beyond borders. Why? Because we have to prevent massively that women's bodies are battlefields, ensure that there is effective gender equity and ensure that no child, no woman, no person is sold. Because preventing it massively is the only way to change it.
My contribution to this campaign will be with texts about the various types of violence against women that exist, based on personal experiences or women close to me,; a video in which I will explain my reasons for "stand up" for this campaign, and I will organize workshops on identity, gender discrimination and violence in my city, all of which will be shared on the website with global coverage.
Web Site of The Campaign: http://www.onebillionrising.org/
See The Video of One Billion Rising 2013 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gl2AO-7Vlzk