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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.

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Nusrat Ara's picture

Loved it. Thanks!

Loved it. Thanks!

Nusrat

JaniceW's picture

Beautiful.

"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi

I stand beside you as you rise up. Thank you for giving voice to those who are silent.

Wendyiscalm's picture

LOVE IT - LOVE YOU

Hello Nasreen,

I love your piece/article and I LOVE you. You brought tears to my heart.

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Y's picture

Rising

I, too, am rising, even though I am over sixty years old, and a grandmother. I rise for my daughter and son and my granddaughters and grandson. Sign me on as one of the billion.

Y

Yosra Akasha's picture

Very Touching

Thanks Nasreen for writing this powerful piece. I loved your expression "I live in all of those women and every one of them lives in me." Its actually the reason why we are rising, yes we have our own struggles but rising has never been just a matter of personal cause, consequently the cause of all women are ours.

Much love and respect,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Hi Nasreen,

I have just reread your piece and am even more moved during this second reading. You are going to be a huge positive force for change in women. I applaud you. Please keep writing. We need you.

Ubuntu(I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

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