Women up and down the country and all over the world will once again “Break the Chain” and dance for the ‘one billion rising’ event on February 14th 2014.
Back in February of this year, the first One Billion Rising event of 2013 was a huge success and organisers have once again planned another ‘come together’ dance to highlight the charities cause: RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE!
So what it’s all about?
'One Billion Rising' is an international campaign with the aim to help end violence against women by raising awareness through creative action and dance.
ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.
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It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. Our stories have been buried, denied, erased, altered, and minimized by patriarchal systems that allow impunity to reign. Justice begins when we speak, release, and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage, and bondage.
The campaign is recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.
It is a call to bring on revolutionary justice. – (Source onebillionrising.org)
February 14th 2014 - 12:30 pm (Throughout Turkey)
Thousands of women will dance together 'as one', on the streets, parks, stadiums and public centers across Turkey as a part of the
"One Billion Rising” campaign.
Women and girls of all ages will come together with one voice; “End violence against women”
"Together, we dance to encourage them, to give them strength. On Valentine's day, we protest violence against women." – Stated a participant in 2013, Istanbul
All major Cities & Towns across Turkey. Here is a list of participating cities:-
(If you can not see your local city or town in the list, please see the official onebillionrising.org website for more information)
Cities:- Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Mugla, Antalya, Bursa
Towns:- Bodrum, Fethiye,
Note: If you an organizer and want to be added to this list? Please contact YellAli
How to take part?
Please see the above links to find your nearest event organiser.
Can anyone attend, even non-Turks? Even men?
Organisers of the event encourage all mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends and cousins to join in and “Break the Chain” together as one. Men are also allowed to take part too. Everyone is welcome to attend or participate in the event.
Where to practice?
You will need to contact your local organiser and ask if they are holding any practice lessons before the main event. Alternatively, you can learn the dance here:-
Learn the Steps to BREAK THE CHAIN
Please note: some participants will be creating their own dances as although “Break The Chain” is still the anthem for One Billion Rising events this year, organisers have encouraged participants to write their own Rising songs and use their own cultural sounds, instruments and languages.
Become an Event organiser for One Billion Rising:-
Please spread the word and share this with all your friends and let us encourage as many people as possible to join in, “Break the Chain” and once again support our vulnerable sisters all over the world and unite together as one.
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