One Billion Rising 2014

What is One Billion Rising?

One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in 7 countries – 4 times in the US alone. The wildly successful grassroots campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many more.

What is V-Day?

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. The V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, Egypt, and Iraq. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. V-Day’s most recent global campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, galvanized over one billion women and men on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls.

What is this year theme for One Billion Rising?

The theme of this year One Billion Rising is love and justice, for ending violence against women cannot be accomplished without properly addressing the issue of justice. Justice begins when we speak, release and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. This year theme comes at a time when the subject of justice is occupying Cambodia’s headline.

One Billion Rising and GADC

Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) is rising One Billion Rising Cambodia and others around the world to call for an end to violence. GADC had linked the One Billion Rising to Cambodia in 2013 and around 500 of OBR young activist were jointed the event.

Why dance?

In the words of Eve Ensler, the founder of V-Day movement and champion of women’s rights, “Why is dance important? I think most of us women, we don’t wear what we want, go where we want (at anytime of the day), we don’t move the way we want because we are always afraid at some level of being attacked or harassed, or hurt or invaded. When we dance on the 14th, the whole idea is that we break out of this cage of patriarchy, of fear, of intimidation, and we blast out of the boundaries that have kept our selves, kept our creativity, kept our vision, kept our body in prison and we discover this new energy that is going to fuel the planet”.

Main activities:

This year One Billion Rising for Justice will take place in Phnom Penh. The main activities include:

• Dancing and flash mob “Break the Chain”: 7th 8 th 9th Feb 11th 12 and 14th Feb 2014. These flash mobs will take place in different public gatherings from 5.30 pm including: stadium, in front of Royal Palace, Wat Botum, City Mall, Sovanna shopping center and Koh Pich. The purpose of this dance is to bring awareness to the public about One Billion Rising.

• Bicycling and Balloon Floating: 14th Feb 2014 from 8.00 am from GADC office (the direction will show in the map of biking). The starting point for the biking trip will be at GADC.

• Press Conference: 14th Feb 2014. Press conference will take place at the last stop of biking on 14th Feb, at Wat Phnom at 9am. Reporters are invited to be informed about the purpose of One Billion Rising.

• Booth Stance, Face Painting and a Joint Concert: 14th Feb 2014. A booth stance will be set up at Koh Pich to spread out the news about One Billion Rising, accompany with face painting to enforce our campaign messages. At (Insert Time), the public is invited to attend a joint concert to stop violence against women at Koh Pich.