One Billion Rising global coordinators, organizers and activists are launching their OBR 2019 campaigns during 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in November and highlighting 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to announce their local campaigns.
These OBR launches begin local and regional OBR Solidarity campaigns all over the world in preparation and as lead up to major Rising events on 14 February and through 8 March. Alongside the OBR 2019 theme of Solidarity, each country will Rise, Resist and Unite for specific violence against women issues, as well as highlight and focus on intersectional issues that continue to create, sustain and escalate violence. The #16DaysofActivism OBR launches gear up activists worldwide in over 200 countries – for their major Rising events in 2019.
This year’s theme is “Rising : From a campaign, To a way of life”.
“We are living in a time of upheaval and transformation. Together we have been rising to free women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence) from sexual and physical violence in its more overt and obvious forms: rape, battery, incest, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, sexual slavery and trafficking, child marriage, femicide, sexual-gender and reproductive oppression and violence towards LGBTQIA+ communities. And, we have had many victories.
As we come into our 7th year of One Billion Rising, we are faced with bigger challenges. To end violence against women, we must commit ourselves to a deeper examination of violence in all its forms. Along with sexual and physical violence, we must also look at systemic violence in economic, political, socio-cultural, environmental and ideological spheres.
As we continue to Rise to end violence against women– it is imperative now for us to expand our understanding of women’s oppression and exploitation in the context of capitalism, colonization, racism, imperialism, environmental plunder and war. We have been compartmentalized and divided for too long. Our Rising must now connect our specific oppression to the common universal humanity that binds us all. This is no less than a way of life, a way of seeing, a way of being in the world. It is not one day that we rise, but every day that this consciousness must rise in all we do.
We call on you this year to be braver, go deeper, reflect, study, listen, learn, awaken to what you don’t know, ask the difficult questions, engage, take actions, and push yourselves out of your comfort zones physically and intellectually. We call on you to commit to resistance and solidarity. Because Rising is no longer a campaign – it is a way of life.”