The University of Arkansas- Fort Smith has partnered with One Billion Rising and the Donald W. Reynolds Crisis Intervention Center to host an event on Feb. 14th. Starting at noon in front of the University Bell Tower, local survivors of domestic violence will speak while information tables set up by local agencies will be available for anyone at the event. Hot dogs and drinks will be served to anyone in attendance. Immediately following the speakers, the dance and walk to end violence against women and girls will take place.
What’s your first thought when you hear “One Billion Rising”? Is it, “Wow, that’s a big number,” ? According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women have been or will be victims of physical violence. That means out of the 3.5 billion women in the world, at least 1 billion will be victims of physical violence.
One Billion Rising is a campaign to end violence against women and girls. Beginning in 2012, the organization has exploded across the globe. Men and women in over two hundred and five countries have stood up and spoke out to end violence against women and girls. The organization describes their “Rise for Revolution” as a way to, “change the paradigm, demand accountability, justice and systematic CHANGE.”
In 2012 the campaign started as a call to action. By 2013 the organization had reached across the world, and on Valentine’s Day, many people came together to demand an end to violence against women. 2014 stood as the year for justice, with the slogan, “One Billion Rising for Justice,” focusing on survivors of violence. The “Rise for Revolution” came with 2015 and carried into 2016 along with the goal of bringing national and international attention to these issues. For 2017 the slogan will be “Rising in Solidarity to End the Exploitation of Women.”
Watch the 2017 One Billion Rising Campaign video here: https://youtu.be/rgbawrWUPu0
The organization is for more than just bringing attention to a severely overlooked cause. These events provide a safe, supportive place for victims to speak up. The people attending the events become a support system. One Billion Rising quotes Director Monique Wilson, “Imagine, one billion women releasing their stories, dancing and speaking out at the places where they need justice, where they need an end to violence against women and girls. Join us – Rise, Release, Dance!”
“From all over the world, people RISE.”
“Numa walks for an end to violence in 2016.” http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20170204/one-billion-rising-rally-demonstrates-opposition-to-sexual-assault-domestic-violence
Mexico City Rises in 2013” http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140211/submitted/140219686/