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Mumbai – #1BillionRising – Maya Rao performs the ‘ WALK’ #Rise4Revolution #Vaw

 

 

Theatre Artiste maya Rao perform here monologue the ' Walk' at one billion rising OBR) 2016 program at St Xavier in Mumbai

Theatre Artiste maya Rao perform here monologue the ‘ Walk‘ at one billion rising
OBR) 2016 program at St Xavier in Mumbai

1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February through March 8th, thousands of Risings take place in hundreds of countries across the world and within local communities – to show the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors of various forms of violence face. People around the world rise through dance to express rage against injustices, and the power of global solidarity and collective action. They dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that together, violence can be defeated. They rise to show a determination to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

IN 2016, WE ARE ESCALATING THE CALL FOR REVOLUTION. 

It has been a most amazing THREE years of the campaign: One Billion Rising (2013), One Billion Rising for Justice (2014) and One Billion Rising: Revolution (2015).

 

THE CALL FOR RISE FOR REVOLUTION 2016:

LISTEN! ACT! RISE!

 

In Mumbai, Theatre Artiste Maya Rao performed her monologue

the ‘Walk’ in response to the horrific gang rape in a Delhi bus on 16 December, 2012. The performance has been performed in a range of spaces – on the street, schools, colleges, shopping malls, theatre festivals.

According to Maya, ” The Walk is not just about the freedom to walk the street at any hour of day or night without fear; it’s about taking hold of the night to think, reflect, talk to each other; it’s about doing all the things that  girls   can do no more.

The event was organised by NGO, Akshara, at St Xavier College where more than 300 students were provoked to a Q and A,

Maya Rao’s intense performance left the youth gathered in St. Xavier college deep in thought.. about claiming public spaces, about owning the city, about taking risk, about giving and accepting consent…about ability to say NO and say Yes and accept NO…

Mumbai rising with Millennials…………… making promises of change, building a movement, walking towards revolution……… one step at a time

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PRESS RELEASE – Eve Ensler – #1billionrising for Justice Tour in India and Nepal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Susan Celia Swan/Kate Fisher: media(at)vday.org
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Eve Ensler: Vagina Monologe // ARGEkultur Salz...

Eve Ensler: Vagina Monologe // ARGEkultur Salzburg // 15.-17.02.2012 (Photo credit: ARGEkultur)

Eve Ensler and One Billion Rising Director Monique Wilson
to Visit India and Nepal as part of ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE tour
with Global Coordinators On The Ground

Ensler To Make Special Appearance at The Times of India Literary Carnival in Mumbai, Emotional Creature to be Performed at The Festival 

Short Video about One Billion Rising Released Featuring Never Before Seen Footage

6 December 2013 – Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and founder of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, with One Billion Rising Director and renowned activist and actor Monique Wilson, embark on a multi-city tour of India and Nepal as part of the ongoing ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE tour with Global Coordinators Khamla Bhasin and Abha Bhaiya and other extraordinary Indian and Nepali artists and activists. Following stops in France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Ensler and Wilson will visit Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Dharamsala, and Kathmandu over the next two weeks. The tour began today in Mumbai.

The One Billion Rising for Justice campaign is rapidly building upon the energy and momentum that was created in 2013 when one billion activists in 207 countries came together to strike, dance, and rise to end violence against women and girls. To date, One Billion Rising for Justice activists around the world in over 120 countries have signed up to plan their risings.

This year’s campaign is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather on 14 February 2014 outside places where they are entitled to justice including court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, or other public spaces for justice, marking the call to end the rampant impunity that prevails globally.

Ensler will debut a new monologue written for India at the events.   Also, coinciding with the tour, V-Day is debuting a new short film entitled India Rising, by South African filmmaker Tony Stroebel (Rising, One Billion Rising, The Man Prayer, Break The Chain) and Eve Ensler. The film features never before seen footage from Ensler’s 2012 One Billion Rising tour throughout India, as well as new footage from One Billion Rising events in February. To view the video, visit www.vday.org/indiarisingfilm

Events have been coordinated by Sangat and One Billion Rising for Justice activists. Indian singer Katie Gray will be performing at many of the events along the tour. Following is a schedule:

Mumbai
December 7:
Rise For Justice India – A dialogue between Eve Ensler and Indira Jaisingh on the progress and obstacles faced in the fight for justice for survivors and victims of violence. Organized by Akshara and Pravin Gandhi College of Law.

The Times of India Literary Carnival “A Fractured Freedom” panel discussion with Eve Ensler, Urvashi Butalia Shereen el-Feki and Poorna Jagannathan.

December 8:
The Times of India Literary Carnival keynote address by Eve Ensler. 10am

Performance of Eve Ensler’s “Emotional Creature,” 8pm

Chennai
December 10:
One Billion Rising For Justice Chennai for International Human Right Day. Hosted by Asian College of Journalism.

One Billion Rising For Justice Chennai Cultural Event, hosted by YWCA Chennai. Featuring speeches by activists and performances by local and international artists. Eve Ensler will read pieces from her new work “In The Body of the World, ” followed by the premier of a brand new piece by on justice and the body.

Delhi
December 12:
One Billion Rising For Justice Delhi Cultural Event, hosted by Sangat. Featuring speeches by activists and performances by local and international artists. Eve Ensler will read pieces from her new work “In The Body of the World.”

December 13:
One Billion Rising For Justice Event at Jamie Milia University, at 3pm

December 14:
Cultural event at Delhi University.

Panel discussion on “A Feminist Dialogue On Envisioning Justice,” hosted by the Centre for Policy Analysis Jagori & Sangat, moderated by Seema Mustafa (Director, CPA) and featuring Kamla Bhasin (Advisor, Sangat), Eve Ensler, Shabnam Hashmi (Founder, Anhad), Kumkum Sangari (Vilas Prof. of English and Humanities University of Wisconsin), and Vimal Thorat (Co-Convenor, NCDHR).

Dharamsala
December 16:
Press conference on the 1 year anniversary of the attack on Jyoti Singh Pandey.

One Billion Rising for Justice Himachal Cultural Event. Featuring speeches by activists and performances by local and international artists. Eve Ensler will read pieces from her new work “In The Body of the World.”  The One Billion Rising for Justice Himachal event will also feature actress Poorna Jagganathan performing a piece by Eve Ensler.

December 17:
V-Day India 10 year anniversary gathering with Eve Ensler and Jagori activists.

Nepal
Kathmandu
December 20 – 21:
Programs and schedule to be announced.

For more information, visit http://www.onebillionrising.org.

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About 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. www.onebillionrising.org

About 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. www.vday.org

 

 

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An Appeal to ALL MEN to Join the #1billionrising Campaign

Members of Forum to Engage Men (FEM) are shocked and upset over the never ending stream of reports of violence against women in our society. While the secondary status of women in a male-centric world has been an issue of concern, the extent of brutality and sexual violence that is increasingly becoming evident makes it extremely important that all sections of society, especially men, stand up, resist and react against all such violence acts. Satish Kumar Singh Convenor of FEM and Deputy Director of the Centre for Health and Social Justice says “When I see or hear any incident of violence against women, I feel hurt and vulnerable because of my inability to stop the incident. Today there are various studies that show that nearly one in every three women will be beaten, harassed or raped in her lifetime. This is a very large number. Although not all men are perpetrators, most if not all men remain silent and do not speak out against this violence. We believe that all the men who are not speaking out against Violence Against Women (VAW) end up as contributors to this violence by silent endorsement. There is a serious need to challenge our role as the silent spectator. All men have to speak out and oppose VAW. It is the biggest crime and human rights violation on earth and the responsibility of ending VAW cannot be put on women’s shoulders alone.”

The One Billion Rising (OBR) movement is a collection of global voices, rising on 14th February, 2013 to stand up against all the atrocities against women. This call resonates with the stance of FEM that deep seated gender inequalities and patriarchal notions of masculinity allow these atrocities to happen and go unchallenged. FEM believes that men also have to take a leading role to eliminate such practices.

Anand Pawar, executive director of SAMYAK an NGO in Pune, is taking a lead to mobilise men across the state of Maharashtra to stand up and be counted on the occasion of the One Billion Rising campaign. He says, “While working with men is becoming one of the key approaches in the development sector, many of these initiatives are not necessarily informed with feminist perspectives and practice. These remain technical and their analysis of patriarchy is superficial. OBR provides an opportunity for men to participate in a campaign lead by women’s groups and understand feminist perspectives in organising protests against violence against women. It is very important that men across the world stand in support of OBR.”

Members of FEM have been working to stop Violence Against Women in different parts of the country. Notably in UP, FEM members of MASVAW (Men’s Action for Stopping Violence Against Women) have been protesting against VAW along with women’s groups over the last decade. On 14th February, members of FEM in different parts of the country, will be rising on the occasion of OBR to make ourselves be counted in the struggle for gender equality. We call upon all men and boys who want such atrocities to end to join us.

For more information contact: Dr. Abhijit Das (9871713314)

Satish Kumar Singh (9910589201) Phillip Perl (9818562923)

FEM : Forum To Engage Men and Boys for Gender Equality

(www.femindia.net)

Secretariat : CHSJ, Basement of Young Women’s Hostel No2, Avenue 21, G Block, Saket, New Delhi 1100117. Ph.:011-26511425, 26535203

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#India- Immortalising broken wings #dance #Vaw #Justice #1billionrising

TANUSHREE GANGOPADHYAY, The Hind Jan 18,2013

Swiss pianist Elizabeth Sombart and Indian dancer Mallika Sarabhai.
Swiss pianist Elizabeth Sombart and Indian dancer Mallika Sarabhai.

A dance to commemorate women battling gender violence.

 If music be the food of love, play on, wrote Shakespeare. Swiss pianist Elizabeth Sombart’s music comes from her love for all the “assassinated” women of the world, whose memory she wants to honour. As she plays she asks listeners to “come light a star in the memory of a woman or girl you know who was killed. Give her name and we shall together build a celestial memorial for her”.

Elizabeth is as good as her word. Recently in India, she described her project ‘Women with Broken Wings’: “There are so many war memorials the world over. All of them are for men. There’s no space to commemorate the billions of women whose lives are snuffed out, who are raped or are victims of other kinds of gender violence.” Her memorial (womenwithbrokenwings.org) strives to raise global consciousness on crimes against the women “whose wings were broken. With this simple action, we shall help remember and bring about a change.” She relates a poignant story of a Lebanese teenager who had expressed her admiration for the Web site. Ironically and tragically, a month later she became a victim of honour killing by her brother.

In the backdrop of the murderous gangrape in Delhi recently and the fury in its wake, Elizabeth’s collaborative ballet with renowned Indian danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, director of the Ahmedabad-based Darpana Dance Academy, comes at the right time.

Titled ‘Women with Broken Wings’, it premiered in Ahmedabad last fortnight. Pointing out that violence against women remains unabated. Mallika says her experience of three decades had convinced her that more than “serious talk” cultural programmes worked better in raising public consciousness. Her dance, accompanied by Elizabeth on the piano, portrays the 11 states of mind of the assaulted woman — birth; discovery and exploration; the inner and outer worlds; unknown fears and self-discovery; betrayal and breakdown; lament; fleeing and failing; the soul’s cry; the march of the martyrs; consolation; and, finally, the way forward.

The performance, choreographed by Yadavan Chandran and Mallika Sarabhai, held the audience spellbound. One vignette depicting carefree childhood, where Mallika enacts a girl playing hopscotch, is particularly poignant. Elizabeth’s rendition of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 17The Tempest, was apt for the section ‘Unknown Fears and Self-Discovery’. Her interpretation of Chopin for both ‘Betrayal and Breakdown’ and ‘Lament’ was truly extraordinary. The ‘March of the Martyrs’ was followed by silence in a mark of respect. The performance ended on a positive note, with ‘The Way Forward’ exuding hope.

The work resonated perfectly with the One Billion Rising (OBR) international campaign against violence spearheaded by renowned playwright and actor Eve Ensler. As Mallika explains, “Our common interest got us to collaborate and participate in the OBR campaign.” She now plans to organise a garba dance by over 20,000 people, including children, to mark the culmination of OBR on February 14, also celebrated as Valentine’s Day or the international day of love.

“Since the OBR call is to dance against violence, garba is the most relevant in Gujarat, and artists will compose songs for us. Every woman here dances it during Navratri. Gujarat is a State where hundreds of rapes take place, where innumerable women are burnt because of dowry, and where violence on women is rapidly increasing. This is also a State where lots of villages are without girls because of rampant sex-selective abortions. We need to end this genocide and gendercide urgently, and we are using our abilities and art to do this,” she says.

The ballet performance in Delhi last week was followed by Eve Ensler’s dramatic rendering of vignettes from her play I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, at an event hosted by Sangat, which is coordinating OBR’s South Asia campaign. The ballet next travelled to Chandigarh (Punjab) and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).

Delighted with the collaboration, Elizabeth stresses that there is no place for ego in music: “I dedicate every note to each woman who has suffered violence, and there are at least 100,000 notes in a ballet like this. So I believe I am honouring 100,000 women each time I play it.”

© Women’s Feature Service

 

 

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