One Billion Rising: Africa

Thursday 07th, February 2013 / 12:43 Written by


The 2003 UNIFEM report Not a Minute More stated that one in three women on the planet will get beaten or raped in their lifetime. Several campaigns have since shed light on the issue and called for action, but after the case of Damini and the public outrage in India that followed her brutal rape and murder, the idea gained a new momentum. For the One Billion Rising campaign, people will come together in various places around the world to rise against violence against women in the form of flash mob dancing on V-Day, February 14.

People interested in joining can find an event that is planned near them on the interactive map – there will be risings in 197 countries, including most of Africa. The #1billionrising campaign has been going viral in the last couple of weeks, with contributions also from Nigeria, Kenya, The Gambia, Ghana and South Africa. Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues and initiator of One Billion Rising, will be dancing in the City of Joy in the DRC.

South Africa Rising

Filmmaker and journalist Gillian Schutte is the coordinator of One Billion Rising for South Africa, where deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe revealed the latest statistics on violence in December 2012: 5 out of 7 children are abused, and 90% of women are experiencing emotional and physical abuse. In her Thought Leader blog, Schutte calls for action in South Africa on February 14. The biggest event planned in South Africa is taking place at the Johannesburg Women’s Prison from 4pm onwards, but there are also risings in Marikana and many other places all over the country.

There are risings happening all over Cape Town, the Eastern Cape, Soweto, Kimberley, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the North West and Free State. This campaign is happening in cities, the rural areas, townships and informal settlements. Please follow our Facebook campaign One Billion Rising — South Africa and click on events to see what is happening around the country.

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