According to the newest data of the United Nations, every third woman or girl in the wold will, during her lifetime, be abused, which results to around one billion abused women and girls. The global campaign One Billion Rising! has, for this reason, sent out a public call to stop the silence about abuse, as well as a call to all abused women and girls to stand up and start talking about the tragic experiences. This is a global activist campaign which is organized on Valentine’s Day, on the 14th of February, and is done in the whole world, including Croatia. The campaign has been first held in 2013 in Croatia.
This year’s theme is Rise for Revolution! – Drum! Dance! Protest!
The goal of this project is to prevent violence over women and girls through the action of awareness bringing, gathering donations and support to the existing organizations in fight against violence, including rape, domestic abuse, incest, female genital mutilation and enslavement. The idea is to show commitment and solidarity with the fight against violence, warn people about its devastating consequences and call all women to dance, and by that defeat the status quo, until rape and the culture of violence disappear. One Billion Rising! is an action of solidarity, which demonstrates the complicity of the women’s struggle, which has the purpose to bring attention to the millions of abused, beaten up, forcefully married, circumcised, raped, economically neglected and sold women.
In Zagreb in 2015, this dance campaign is organized by the organizations: Center for Women’s studies (CZŽS), RODA – Roditelji u akciji (Parents in Action), Ženska soba – Centar za seksualna prava (Women’s Room – Center for Sexual Rights), the Community of the Association of persons with invalidity of Croatia (SOIH), CESI – Center for Education, Counseling and Research, The Cycling Union, the initiative “Gdje je ovdje ljubav?” (“Where is the love?”), as well as other organizations of civil society, along with fellow citizens.
The leader of this year’s program is Danijela Trbović, and some of the well-known persons, which will attend this event are the president of Republic of Croatia – Ivo Josipović, Luka Nidžetić, Dado Ćosić, Nenad Korkut, Vili Matula, as well as many others, who will read parts of the European Council’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).
On Saturday, 14th February 2015 with a start at noon, together with women across the world, the citizens of Zagreb will rise and dance on Cvijetni Trg (Flower Square) with the dance center VEM and numerous friends. There will be various kinds of music played, as well as balloons, badges and promotion materials.
Everyone is invited to join the One Billion Rising across the world!
More information can be found on facebook site.