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One Billion Rising UK

by 1 Billion Rising UK category: Cause

“I am RISING for JUSTICE with #1billionrising UK to demand an end to violence against women and girls #rise4justice http://thndr.it/1e0SaiV

1 Billion Rising UK
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Ends Feb 14, 1:00 PM GMT

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This campaign ended on February 14 at 1PM

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.  It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.

Our stories have been buried, denied, erased, altered, and minimized by patriarchal systems that allow impunity to reign. Justice begins when we speak, release, and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage, and bondage.

The campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.

It is a call to bring on revolutionary justice.

There is much work to be done at home and abroad to tackle violence against women. This year’s event comes at a time when the subject is seldom far from the UK’s news headlines. Sex gangs, exploitation, female genital mutilation and online trolling have dominated the news agenda over the last year and incidents of domestic violence have risen by 7% in the last year. According to statistics released in January 2013, approximately 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year, and an additional 400,000 women are sexually assaulted.

Those gathered at the Trafalgar Square event will demand an end to such abuse and call for the modernisation of compulsory sex and relationship education in British schools. Specific calls to action for 2014 include:

• Making Sex and Relationship Education compulsory in UK schools via amendments to the Children and Families Bill.

• The repeal of visa laws that tie domestic workers to their employers and put them at serious risk of exploitation and abuse.

• Sweeping improvements in immigration detention centres to ensure that vulnerable women feel safe; their dignity is respected; and they are not subject to violence.

 For more information visit www.onebillionrising.org.uk and follow @OBRUK_1 

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1 Billion Rising UK
@OBRUK_1

On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

On 14 February 2014, we are escalating our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE!

#rise4justice

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