16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign began on November 25th. The 16 Days Campaign was initiated in 1991 to bring attention to issues of racism, sexism, cultures of violence, and homophobia; to call for the implementation of human rights obligations, including the right to health and reproductive rights; and to end militarism and gender-based violence, among other issues.
While in the midst of The 16 Days Campaign, it is fitting to begin contemplating preparations for One Billion Rising 2016. The One Billion Rising campaign recently announced its fourth annual call to action: RISE FOR REVOLUTION Listen! Act! Rise!
The One Billion Rising campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or sexually assaulted during her lifetime. One Billion Rising is considered the largest mass action to end violence against women with events occurring on a global scale.
“For the fourth year of the campaign, the One Billion Rising’s global coordinators chose to continue the theme of Revolution as an escalation of the first three stages: One Billion Rising (2013), One Billion Rising for Justice (2014), and One Billion Rising: Revolution (2015). We’ve danced. We’ve demanded justice. We’ve demanded changes.”
The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) has promoted and encouraged action from the community and its members since the inception of One Billion Rising. In 2013, members of the ADTA from all over the world joined One Billion Rising to raise awareness on these issues through dance. The video below beautifully captures the power and inspiration of that campaign.
The 2016 One Billion Rising campaign has become a global-scale movement because of individual and community efforts. The ADTA continues to support its members involvement in the One Billion Rising movement. Looking for ideas? Get started here:
- Plan an event
- Find an event
- Get inspiration from stories of women rising
- Download the One Billion Rising Toolkit [for school campuses here]
- Raise awareness about violence against women
- ADTA informational flyer (English)
- ADTA informational flyer (Spanish)
- Learn Debbie Allen’s choreography to the ONE BILLION RISING dance anthem BREAK THE CHAIN
How will you RISE in 2016? Inspire us with your comments below.