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). Through our collective efforts we mobilised, engaged, awakened and joined people worldwide to end violence against women. We made violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion. We revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world.
One Billion Rising: Rise for Revolution 2016 is an escalation of the first three stages of our campaign – One Billion Rising, One Billion Rising for Justice, and One Billion Rising: Revolution.
We’ve danced. We’ve demanded justice. WE’VE DEMANDED CHANGES.
THIS YEAR WE ARE RADICALISING OUR ACTIONS – ENLARGING, DEEPENING AND EXPANDING THE REVOLUTION.
We need to continue to radically shift consciousness and be braver, bolder, more creative and determined with our actions.
AND WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE MOST MARGINALISED WOMEN AND GIRLS TO BRING ABOUT TRUE, LONG LASTING CHANGE.
REVOLUTION can be expressed in the “for who” and “for what”. It is broad enough to include all issues, and also particular enough to be specific about issues communities want to highlight and raise. It does not diffuse focus, rather – it enhances it.
The REVOLUTION call helps sustain the focus of what One Billion Rising is – a call for CHANGE. Structural, systemic, long term change.
Systems have not changed yet, therefore the call for REVOLUTION remains urgent and necessary, to deepen what it can mean, and escalate actions around it. Major changes are still needed, particularly in ways of thinking and consciousness about violence against women issues.
REVOLUTION allows creative and artistic expressions, multi-sectoral involvement, and more importantly – provides a unique space to engage people from all walks of life. It allows the use of imagination, art and political actions – and allows everyone the freedom to localise all their campaigns.
Above all REVOLUTION can bring everyone from the personal to the political – from the “I” to the “We”. IT HARNESSES COLLECTIVE ENERGY BECAUSE IT IS HOPEFUL AND ENVISIONS POSSIBILITIES AND A FUTURE.
THE CALL FOR RISE FOR REVOLUTION 2016:
LISTEN! ACT! RISE!
Amplify the Voices of Marginalised Women
Bring National and International Focus to Their Issues
Bring New Artistic Energy to Create This Possibility
Raise Other Issues That Have Not Been as Visible
Amplify REVOLUTION as a Call for System Change
Platform Voices That Have Not Been Heard Within Local Campaigns
Call on People to RISE FOR OTHERS
Call Upon People of Privilege to Rise for Those Who are Not
Create Synergy and Connection
Continue to Call for State Accountability and Justice
Keep Highlighting the Economic Context of Women
Remain INCLUSIVE, INTERSECTIONAL and COMPREHENSIVE
Keep Connecting the BODY with REVOLUTION
Rise for Change and Equality