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One Billion Rising Solidarity Reports from Around the World

RISING reports, videos, and images continue to be shared on the One Billion Rising News & Blog. Here is a look at some of the recent updates:

Indonesian Migrant Workers Rising in Indonesia and Hong Kong on International Women's Day

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Led by Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the former migrant domestic worker from Indonesia who was tortured by her Hong Kong employers and who won her case – migrant workers in Indonesia and their families held a Migrant Workers Rising for International Women's Day last March 8th. Erwiana, whose case in 2014 became the focus of One Billion Rising for Justice protests in Hong Kong which helped sustain visibility and harness global solidarity for her case – has become the symbol of resistance, courage and hope for the millions of migrant and domestic workers around the world who still continue to face grave forms of abuse, violence and exploitation.

One Billion Rising South Asia Newsletter January & February 2017

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This newsletter details the many exciting One Billion Rising (OBR) activities that took place across the region in January and February 2017 provided by regional organizers and activists.

OBR 2017 at St. Scholastica's College in Manila Video & Report

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For the fifth consecutive year, students and staff at St. Scholastica's College in Manila rose to end violence against women and girls. This year their RISING call to action declared "Stop the Impunity! Revolt against women bashing, women shaming and women bullying! Dance and end the global practice of making women and young girls into sex objects!"

RISING at Aspen Port Elizabeth, A Women's Forum Initiative in South Africa

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A video was created in support of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children as an Aspen Port Elizabeth Women's Forum initiative. The campaign consisted of three elements, namely a Flashmob at the Corporate Family Day, a photobooth where employees could make a statement and an on-site video production. The initiative provided a platform for employees to show their support and rise through dance to express community and to celebrate that we have not been defeated by the violence.

Nigeria RISING by Omodele Ibitoye Ejeh

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"For OBR Nigeria we highlighted the OBR theme: ‘Exploitation of women at the workplace”. We also took an insight into exploitation of women in education and religion institutions. Organizations in my country give female employees specific targets to meet yearly which include the amount of customers they are expected to attract and convince to invest in these companies and huge amounts of cash expected for them to generate."

Against Teenage Dating Violence Press Conference Hosted by the Garden of Hope Foundation in Taiwan

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For International Women's Day, The Garden of Hope Foundation in Taiwan held a press conference on dating violence. It has been a year since the Taiwanese government amended DV law to include intimate partner violence as a form of domestic violence. But awareness about the amendment is still pretty low, especially among teenagers.

RISING Across the Democratic Republic of Congo

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"The rising was a call for a revolution against the exploitation of women in society, labor places, schools, churches, etc. It was a call for unity so as to prevent patriarchy from winning. It was a call for action to stop oppression, exploitation, and discrimination of women. The day was a day to start a new journey of solidarity on which selflessness and sacrifice should characterize risers."


African American Policy Forum to Host "Afro-Colombian Women: Resistance at the Intersection of Racism, Sexism and War" Webinar for Her Dream Deferred 2017 Series

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Don't miss the chance to attend an incredible event hosted by our longtime partner organization African American Policy Forum, helmed by V-Day Board Member Kimberlé Crenshaw:

Over the past two years of Her Dream Deferred, AAPF has sought to uplift challenges Black women and girls have suffered in silence--from the status of Black women veterans to sexual assaults at HBCUs. Yet Black women all around the world face challenges that extend beyond the United States: it is imperative to take an intersectional approach abroad.

Inspired by the work of our Fellow, Sara Ferrer-Valencia, whom we worked with in conjunction with One Billion Rising at our Bodies of Revolution event on intersectional state violence around the world in December 2015, this year, we elevate Afro-Colombian women, raising awareness around the consequences of civil war, displacement, and colonialism.

Featuring Afro-Colombian women from different backgrounds and experiences, this webinar will discuss topics such as intersectional discrimination, different facets of intersectional violence in contexts of war and widespread violence and governmental response, and the Afro-Colombian women's movement. Furthermore, the conversation will explore similarities between the distinct forms of violence affecting Afro-descendant women in Colombia and the United States, as well as other countries with alarming rates of violence against Black and Afro-descendant women, such as South Africa and Brazil.

RSVP to the webinar HERE >

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Moderated by Sara Ferrer Valencia - Research Fellow at AAPF & CISPS; Afro-Colombian lawyer & human rights advocate & Featuring María Alejandra Cárdenas Cerón - Lawyer and human rights advocate; Danny María Ramírez Torres - Sociologist, Co-Founder of the Faces & Footprints Foundation in Buenaventura; Clara Inés Valdes Rivera - National Conference of Afro-Colombian Organizations, Gender Equality and Afro-Colombian Women's Rights, and Dora Inés Vivanco Julio - Psychologist & Coordinator of the Childhood and Youth Area from the National Conference of Afro-Colombian Organizations (CNOA)

MORE information on the Her Dream Deferred: A Week on the Status of Black Women >

 

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