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Rise 4 Justice in Afghanistan: Malalai Joya & Eve Issue Joint Statement

On 14 February 2014, V-Day, along with women, men, and youth around the world will RISE FOR JUSTICE, focusing the worlds attention on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally. As we move towards 14 February, we are reminded daily of this impunity and the need to escalate our efforts and harness our collective power and imagination.

Today, Afghan activist Malalai Joya and V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler are RISING FOR JUSTICE for Shakila, a 16-year-old Afghan girl who, on 22 January 2012 was raped and murdered by Wahidi Behishti, a warlord member of the provincial council of Bamian province in Afghanistan.

Malalai and Eve Ensler have released a joint statement calling for the prosecution of Wahidi Behishti for this crime to the full extent of Afghan law, and for the international media, human rights organizations, and global citizens to "no longer standby and allow these crimes to take place with complete impunity" and to "tell and investigate Shakila's story."


MEET the One Billion Rising Global Coordinators!

One Billion Rising Global Coordinators are activists around the world who are engaging their communities, their cities, their countries, their regions to be a part of One Billion Rising For Justice. As long-time activists and V-Day organizers working to end violence against women and girls, they have the skills, the networks, and the ability to help guide local organizations, individuals, lawyers, unions, alliances, and networks in their efforts to be part of the campaign.

As you begin to plan your own One Billion Rising For Justice event, we urge you to check out our Global Coordinator page, to meet these amazing activists, and to get in touch with the coordinator in your region to help you strategize, create, and promote your campaigns.

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