One Billion Rising: Why I am Rising?
I am rising for our right to pursue Equity and to break the culture of silence in which this misogynistic civilization we live has educated us.
I believe we have power over our voice, our body, our life. Power to be who we choose; Power to lead a change to transform our society for the well being not only of the 50% of humankind, but for everyone in this planet.
I am rising for all the women I've met in my life: For my mother, because she was not educated for being strong and that made her easy target for violence, despite she’s the most accomplished professional in her area;
For my friend Patricia, who was expulsed from school when she was 15 because she got pregnant, without chance to finish high school;
For my daughter, because when she was 9, people harassed her because she was the daughter of a non married woman. I am proud she kept going on despite prejudices.
I am rising for a girl I met once, who told me in tears that her boyfriend had raped her, and the police didn’t believe her.
For my friend Gina, who fled terrified from Colombia, after the bloody conflict in the north of Santander destroyed her town.
I am rising for my Muslim sisters; for those who in the mosques, the university or in women's organizations and social networks, are giving an unprecedented struggle in the history of our community, against stereotypes, fundamentalist and misogynist discourses, fighting to take back the value of spirituality and to regain our rightful place with complete equality in the reconstruction of the women's voice in Islam.
I am rising today especially for those who still remain in silence, hoping they can find the strength to raise their voices and make them know they’re not alone.
I am rising for all of them and for all the women I don't know, as well for those I will meet in the future; because I live in all of those women and every one of them lives in me.
In these times of violence on the bodies and minds, the most courageous act is to speak for yourself; 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.
We’re rising today to make noise with our voices and dances and take the chance to be the "Shero" and not the victim of our own story.
I am rising today and I'll do it tomorrow and ever, because we women share the same struggles and the same pain; but also the same hopes.
We're here to transform our experience in awareness, our awareness in freedom and our freedom in fulfillment.