On February 14, 2013, we will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of V-day with “One Billion Rising.”
V-day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. It promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day benefit events include performances of The Vagina Monologues, screenings of relevant documentaries, Spotlight Teach-Ins, and V-Men workshops.
This year, V-day is organizing “One Billion Rising.” On Valentine’s Day this year, the campaign invites one billion women and those who love them all over the world to “WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence.” This joyous celebration aims to creatively express our united stand against violence.
One Billion Rising is happening in over 193 countries (and counting) with more than 14,000 groups all over the world who have committed to join the movement. During the launch of the campaign in the Philippines, acclaimed author and activist Eve Ensler says the campaign is “happening everywhere, from Siberia to Iran to Somalia.”
For more information regarding the global campaign, visit http://onebillionrising.org/.
Gabriela’s national leaders and the leaders of the organization’s sectors lead the One Billion Rising Philippines campaign. December 2012 at the Music Museum in San Juan City.
In October 2012, during the 11th Congress in Iloilo City, members of Gabriela gathered to dance and demand an end to violence.
The Philippines’ campaign song is “Isang Bilyong Babaeng Babangon.” It was created by Merlee Jayme of DM9JaymeSyfu. The award-winning ad agency will also be releasing a film about the OBR Philippines campaign.
The global campaign was launched in Cebu last January 23, with these conveners: Gabriela Women’s Party and Gabriela Cebu, Good Shepherd Welcome House, Cebu Urban Poor Women’s League, Antonia Oviedo Foundation, UP Gender and Development Office, Sidlak Region VII Gender Resource Center, and BISDAK Pride.
During the said launch, newly-installed UP Cebu Dean Atty. Liza Corro welcomed the participants with an anecdote about her affinity with the advocacy. Dean Corro was among the lawyers in the case of slain Atty. Arbet Yongco, who was assassinated while acting as the private prosecutor in the parricide case against Ruben Ecleo.
Gabriela Cebu Chapter President, Leny G. Ocasiones, started the ball rolling by sharing the horrific figures that involve women and children. According to Ocasiones, among other sad truths, in 2012, Central Visayas posted the third highest number of Violence against Women (VAW) in the Philippines. There are currently 1,447 reported cases of abuse, but we know that with the social stigma still in place, there are more unreported cases and there are more victims out there whose voices we have yet to hear.
Ocasiones also pointed out that in addition to physical, sexual, and emotional violence, we should also consider economic deprivation as a form of violence. Poverty is also cited as a common excuse for domestic violence. She ended her statement with a call to join the global revolution against all forms of violence.
Several testimonies from prostituted women, members of the urban poor women, representatives from the gay community, and other victims of abuse followed. Each testimony further raising the awareness of those gathered.
In Cebu, head over to the Ayala Terraces at 3 p.m. and let’s move the earth with One Billion Rising on February 14.