1 Billion Rising

Neude Crowd
As a feminist from a very young age, I’m constantly frustrated and horrified by the treatment of women around the world. I’m not just talking about the horrendous rapes of women that have taken place in India and South Africa recently. I’m just as upset over the fact that the Violence Against Women Act in the US was not reauthorized and only given an extension yesterday. Don’t even get me started on the fact that the US is the only democracy in the world that hasn’t ratified the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (otherwise known as the international bill of rights for women).




Tomorrow, 14 February 2013, women (and men) all over the world will be rising up to protest the violence against women that takes place everywhere. This peaceful protest will take the form of singing, dancing, and flashmobs. Cities and countries all over the world have events planned and you’re free to take part, even if you haven’t learned the flashmob routine. Just dance and support women everywhere!

Utrecht will have its own event taking place, starting at Hoog Catharijne and then moving to Neude. The goal is to have one billion people around the world speaking out peacefully against this brutality. No matter where you are, look for an event near you. Or start your own! It doesn’t have to be big. Just find your own way to raise your voice.

*stats from onebillionrising.org

14 thoughts on “1 Billion Rising

  1. The statistic “1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime” is staggering. And probably even higher because so much goes unreported. My sister was married to man who habitually beat her. Co-Dependent, she wouldn’t leave him despite my pleadings and interventions. She died of liver disease, but the physician told us that he suspected her death was triggered by a violent beating that had taken place a few weeks prior and had several bruised her already damaged liver.

    My niece was raped at knife point when she was nineteen, and now, at twenty-five still cannot spend a night alone.

    There are no planned marches here, but I’ll raise my voice in support of women– and continue to support the causes that protect and educate. And I’ll write yet another letter to my representative in Washington (where it will fall on deaf ears but you have to keep pushing!!!). On behalf of the women in my family who have suffered, thank you for doing this and for spreading the word.

    • The fact that your family has dealt with this multiple times speaks to how widespread it is. I’m so sorry that you and your family have had to experience it so directly. It truly is heartbreaking. If we keep speaking up to the politicians, hopefully they will eventually stop ignoring us.

  2. If I’m in town tomorrow I’ll certainly make an effort to join in. It’s time women, 50% of humans on this planet, made our voices heard and demand equality, safety and the same human rights as the other 50%! It’s horrendous that women are still regularly subjected to violence, discrimination and insecurity in this day and age. Even in the “civilized” West.

  3. The event was great! Our group was small and a bit disorganized, but it felt great to dance and speak out against violence towards girls and women worldwide. You can find it on Youtube:

    • Thanks for posting the video! I spotted you in there! 🙂 I was frustrated by the lack of news coverage in general. I didn’t see anything in the local news and even the BBC news program we watch didn’t mention it at all. Considering a famous athlete was in the news for killing his girlfriend on the same day, it seemed like it might have been worth a mention. Soo frustrating! Thanks for going!

    • Thanks so much to everyone that was there! Definitely some organisational issues that we’ve learnt from for next time, but the atmosphere was great!! If anyone would like to get more involved in feminist activism, there’s a new group in Utrecht called Feministisch Verzet / Feminist Resistance – we’ll be meeting tonight at 19:00 at ACU (Voorstraat 71)! For more info and future meetings you can find us on facebook 🙂

  4. We had one like this here in my city. And I was so disappointed when the news report in our local media chose to focus more on the complaints of the business owners nearby at how the event was driving away business. Worse, the employees they chose to interview were also women — probably because it’s a GREAT move to actually complain via mass media that a march to drum up support for abused fellow women is driving away the others who need a facial.
    Sometimes I think the greatest obstacle can be found within our ranks.

    • It’s heartbreaking that there’s so much opposition to something that seems so obviously important, especially when the opposition comes from other women. It just goes to show how much work still needs to be done. I couldn’t make the event, but tried to make my voice heard by sending a number of emails to various US politicians about the various women’s rights bills that are being ignored or held hostage.

  5. You’re right, the Southafrican athlete who shot his girlfriend is front page news for days, yet the event in South Africa against the abuse and murder of women held at the same time goes unnoticed… Sad.

  6. Not to mention the many ignorant and hateful comments to the inspirational video One Billion Rising posted on Youtube. It all made me a bit depressed really.

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