180 countries join One Billion Rising on Valentines Day



Some 180 countries joined the annual global “One Billion Rising” event during Valentine’s Day.

“We are one with the women and men all across the globe in dancing, rising and revolting against violence on women and their children,” Defend Jobs Philippines said.

“We share their sentiments in opposing all forms of violations on the fundamental rights of women and children — including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights,” the group said.

They said, in the Philippines, working and poor women suffer the brunt of attacks of the present elite government.

Workers and urban poor carry the burden of high prices of basic commodities and services,  low wages,  inaccessible social services, among many others.

“As we dance and #RiseForRice today, we stand with the Filipino women and people in calling for the immediate junking of the Rice Tarrification Law that liberalizes rice industry in the country and destroys the livelihood of rural women and farmers in the countryside,” Defend Jobs Philippines said.

“As we march towards the International Working Women’s Day celebration on March 8, Defend Jobs Philippines will continue to uphold the basic rights of women against all forms of abuses. We will continue to dance, resist and unite!” the group said.

The campaign representatives organized the “One Billion Rising Solidarity, Revolution 2020” campaign to bring awareness to the rights of the people around the world.

“We are in the midst of a rising tide of right -wing nationalism, white supremacy, fascism, tyranny, hatred of and fear of immigrants, misogyny, femicide, homophobia, transphobia, corporate greed and climate destruction,” said the organizers of One Billion Rising Solidarity, Revolution 2020.

“We cannot beat fascists, rapists, climate deniers and plunderers on their terms.  We will never be that cruel, discompassionate, greedy, or murderous. We cannot let ourselves be changed by or sunk in their cynicism, hatred, divisions and destruction,” the organizers said.

“What we can do is remember we are the many and we can raise the vibration through action, art, connection, imagination and love,” they also said.

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence) in human history.

The campaign, which launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS./Stacy Ang


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