Yesterday You Rose. One Billion Rising!

Picture 6Brussels, so it was.. You rose.. You danced.. You shook it..
It was arctic freaking cold. Nature had decided that if we were gonna shake something into awareness, it had to be at least minus 5 degrees Celsius.
Yet You materialized, gloves & hats on, in colorful mode..

At 12 pm, You rose & warmed up this city at Place de Luxembourg.
At 5.30 pm, You along with a Thousand cut loose & broke the chain at Place de La Monnaie.
At 6.30 pm, You spoke up in the ‘Street Circle of Women & Those that Love Them’ at La Bourse. In Chalk-Walk style, You wrote powerful messages on the pavement, a NO to violence against women screaming out boldly, yet You also chalked out some Love & Humor along the way.
At 7.30 pm, You gave in to the conga rhythms of Yvan & unplugged a soul dance at Gare Centrale.
At 10 pm, You reclaimed the Night and Never stopped dancing at the One Billion Rising Afterparty.

IMG_0931And here we are, 2 days later, trying to collect the innumerable images and videos You spread around the internet and it’s impossible to make you all appear in this post! Yet the full energy of it all is still out there, dancing around on the internet, leaving traces in the over 203 countries that rose…

The battle to end violence against women isn’t over, today again 2 violent, horrendous rapes in Belgium were reported in the newspaper.
But if ‘One Billion Rising’ is the beginning of a new, committed fight against these atrocities, it’s one heck of A Beginning! So let’s continue Rising!

This is what You can do TODAY (before 19/2/13): Use the energy of One Billion Rising and write to your MEPs. The European Women’s Lobby just forwarded this call for action to push Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to back the Written Declaration 37 asking the EU to ratify the Council of Europe Convention against violence against women!

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Photo 1 & 3 © Marion Paquet

 

Meanwhile, our Hollaback sisters & brothers also rose up around the globe! These are their Tales

Hollaback Gent, Belgium coordinated a flash mob, dance workshop, and afterparty with performances, DJ sets, exhibitions and an auction in partnership with One Billion Rising Ghent.

Hollaback Czech Republic coordinated a photo project where they gathered on the steps of the National Museum on Wenceslas Square and silently rose. Gail, site leader of Ozvi se! / HollaBack! Czech spoke up and her co-organizer recited Eve Ensler’s new piece. One Billion Rising Prague,  includes also members of V-Day Prague International Voice, Czech Women’s Lobby, and proFem.

Hollaback Baltimore, USA was at the One Billion Rising Reception after a performance of the Vagina Monologues at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Hollaback Des Moines, USA coordinated a flash mob and community booth with their partners at Drake University, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Kees Camp Fitness Studio.

Hollaback Richmond, USA coordinated a march and held a benefit at a local lesbian bar, working in partnership with One Billion Rising RVA.

Hollaback San Francisco, USA coordinated a flash mob Prayerdance at the Civic Center Demonstration & a V-Day Flash Mob After Party. Their partners are El Rio, One Billion Rising SF, Code Pink, NOW SF, Global exchange, NCLRights, Amnesty International, APIQWTC, QWOCMAP, Hollaback! SF, CSC, Fabulosa, Mango, and SFDK.

Hollaback Italia coordinated a flash mob in Milan city centre together with other women’s organizations, including One Billion Rising Milano.

Hollaback Sheffield, UK helped out with One Billion Rising in Sheffield UK, and did a reading of ‘True’ & performance of ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.’

Hollaback Dresden, Germany coordinated a public dance together with One Billion Rising Dresden.

Hollaback Victoria, Canada met in Bastion Square & danced their way to Library Square in coordination with their partners: One Billion Rising Victoria, Sexual Assault Centre, and Women’s Transition House and Island Sexual Health.

Hollaback Chandigarh, India hosted a panel and a self-defense workshop at the auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery. The second part of the event included a street-play and dances.

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Guerilla Art in Washington DC. Photo credit: FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture

3 generations of women dancing in Cordoba, Argentina. Video credit: ©Valeria Garre

 

To get more glimpses of what really went ON this February 14, check out ‘One Billion Rising‘, or follow V-Day on facebook.

 

V-Hugs,

Your NEW Hollaback!Brussels Team: Angelika, Anna, Ingrid, Jo, Julie & Quentin

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