Get Ready for One Billion Rising Revolution in Second Life!

On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

On 14 February 2014, we escalated our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to Rise, Release, Dance, and demand Justice!

Now, on February 14th 2015, we are calling for a revolution for change.

Change can happen if grassroots movements and marginalized communities are in the lead.

Change can happen if we demand accountability – making sure our justice calls last year are realized. We are going to continue to demand justice, and will continue to highlight the issues surrounding the social injustices inflicted on women, and to keep highlighting where these issues connect. We will continue to challenge institutions, governments, policies, laws – and make these systems, which are responsible for creating situations of poverty and violence, accountable.

Change can happen if we harness our creativity and energy. We will highlight, create and envision new, brave and radical artistic initiatives to bring in the new revolutionary world of equality, dignity and freedom for all women and girls. There is nothing more powerful than art as a tool for transformation.

Change can happen if…WE ACT NOW. AND WE ACT TOGETHER.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2015

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2015

In Second Life, we will be marking the occasion (as we did last year) with a twenty-four hour one day event that will allow women and men to gather. There will be music, there will be art installations and exhibitions, there will be poetry sessions, there will be storytelling events, there will be live dramatic performances, there will be dancing – and there will be information kiosks that will share information about organisations devoted to promoting justice for women across the globe, and stories of events that will be happening around the world.

The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group.

This is not an event to raise money – although you will find information about organisations that need funding. But our primary goals are to draw people together and to raise awareness.

What can you do?
You can attend the event!

You can send us information about groups known to you that we can add to the informational kiosks. How can you do this? You can write to 1billionrisinginsecondlife@gmail.com or post on our Facebook page.

You can spread the word about One Billion Rising in Second Life amongst your friends, your communities and through social media.

You can volunteer to help us organise the event – by completing this form. We need greeters, security, stage managers, media liaison and information processors, who will help build the information that will go into our displays.

You can add your reasons for rising to our special Why I’m Rising page.

If you would like to be a sponsor for the event, contact Samantha Ohrberg.

If you would like to be part of our special Press Day, you can complete this form.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2015!

About One Billion Rising
One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign, 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. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

Last year, on 14 February 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and highlighted the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Events took place in 200 countries, where women, men, and youth came together to Rise, Release, and Dance outside of court houses, 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. The campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many more.

Visit www.onebillionrising.org to learn more.

 

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12 thoughts on “Get Ready for One Billion Rising Revolution in Second Life!

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  2. Are you not concerned about justice for young boys? My son certainly didn’t receive equality before the law after his mother punched him in the face when he was 7. The police declined to arrest her, although she was told had she done that to him at the mall or other public place they would be forced to do that. The message being that it is ok for women to assault their children and spouses within the confines of their homes, where it doesn’t expose the myth of female nurturance.

    Why don’t you deal with the issue of violence, instead of making gender the object of your protests? A good first step would be to acknowledge the FACTS concerning IPV/domestic violence by reading Erin Pizzey and Dr. Don Dutton.

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  3. I am sorry to learn of your – and your son’s – experience of domestic violence.

    One Billion Rising is an international event about violence against women, which takes many forms in many different countries, including – but not exclusively – domestic violence.

    The event doesn’t deny that there are other forms of violence too, and I agree that it is important to raise awareness of other forms of violence and abuse.

    However, this is a specific event focusing on one issue – violence against women. And just as when we support Macmillan Cancer Support, we are not denying that strokes and heart disease kill people too, nevertheless we choose, at that particular time, to support an event that is about supporting people with cancer. With One Billion Rising, we are aiming to raise awareness of the worldwide issues of violence against and repression of women.

    But that doesn’t mean that we would refuse to support other events about other forms of violence at appropriate events. We would be very happy to lend support.

    In addition, if you look at the nonprofits listed on this website, you will see they address a wide variety of issues relating to violence, and some offer support to both women and men in many different countries. We are planning on adding more information about organisations like these, operating in real life and in Second Life too – and would welcome people making us aware of such organisations.

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    • Prim, your medical analogy is far too simplistic and decidedly designed as a self-deception. It masks that you are basing your commitment solely on the basis of gender. It is not, as you would have us and yourself believe, merely allocating resources to a specific type of violence. For it to do that you would need to specify the type of violence, for example IPV, geo-political, criminal (as in violent crimes such as robberies) etc. What you are doing is stating outright that your concern is women and girls and what is done to them. It is, to follow from your analogy, taking heart disease and saying we need to draw attention to women who get heart disease. As opposed to what you claim that violence against women and girls is just like another type of ‘disease’ that we have chosen to focus on.

      Events like OBR ignores the ubiquity of the problem of violence. It is exclusionary and divisive. It obfuscates and thereby deflects and redirects focus and attention from the real issues and solutions necessary to make real change in society regarding violence. It inhibits the restructuring of our understanding of the norms and attitudes regarding gender roles and what the expectations are for men specifically in society. The latent effect being that it denigrates men and their worth to society and minimizes their self-worth and ideas surrounding gender identity. This is reflected in statements like the one made to me by my ex-sister-in-law after calling the police for help regarding my ex’s abuse, angrily asking, “You called the police on your wife? What kind of man are you?” This type of attitude is prevalent in society. It permeates all institutions. That men are to struggle with abuse and suffer in silence because that is what means to be a a man.

      So long as events like OBR, which make gender the primary focus, continue to flourish and allow themselves to be used as weight on the lever employed by lobbyists to direct government funding away from programs that address violence in all its forms toward solutions for change that are meaningful and benefit EVERYONE regardless of gender that schism will continue to exist and the problem of violence will remain. In Canada in 2012, nearly 500 million dollars were allocated to issues and initiatives geared toward women’s issues of violence, which includes shelters, awareness programs etc, During the same period monies allocated to programs directed at men tallied less than 100 million dollars. To date, there is still not one publicly funded men’s shelter in the entire country.

      And to illustrate, not that I want to engage in a battle of anecdotal evidence, there is the case of Earl Silverman. A male victim of IPV who had for years tried to extract funding for a men’s shelter in BC, going so far as to housing up to 20 men with their children in his own home, who eventually went bankrupt and in 2013 hung himself in his garage. Equally under reported, a couple of weeks ago, Boko Haram went into a small village and kidnapped 40 young boys. Why did we not see the same outrage we experienced after they did that to the girls?

      I do believe you want to do the ‘right’ thing. That your social conscience is directing your motivation. However, one must be circumspect when deciding in how best to invest one’s time, energy and money. Sometimes the ‘right’ thing to do does more harm than good.

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      • I am afraid we must agree to disagree on this one. I think we are addressing the ubiquity of violence – extending out from a core event that addresses one particular aspect . I also would re-iterate that one event does not preclude other events.

        Perhaps instead of saying that I want to do the “right” thing, you should consider that instead I am trying to do what I firmly believe to be A right thing. And that other times, I will do what I believe to be another right thing. But I would strongly dispute that campaigning to attempt to improve the lot of people who are under-represented, repressed, subject to violence and mutilation on the basis of a defining aspect of their lives is a waste of time, energy or money.

        Is this, or can this be, a perfect event? Can any campaign ever be perfect? Not in my experience. But I would rather do what I believe I can do than give up in despair.

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      • So be it.
        And I did understand that about your belief in your decision.
        Unfortunately, all revolutions produce casualties. The first usually being the beliefs we hold about ourselves.
        The sword is always double edged and our armour tarnished despite our attempts to maintain its lustre.
        And never allow apathy and despair to impel you toward inaction.

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  5. Prim, your attitude would be fine if the movement didn’t DEMAND that resources be transferred away from attempting to prevent the MAJORITY of violence, which is inflicted ON men. Your attitude, that violence inflicted upon women is – for some unspecified reason – more important than that inflicted upon men is a bigoted sexist view which I have never seen justified, other than along the lines of “you should be kind to dumb animals”.
    Pep (wonders why the numbers haven’t changed; is it the same one billion victims as last year, and the year before . . . )

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    • Sentence 1: No, it doesn’t. Resourcing one campaign with money, energy, time (I am sorry – I’m not sure what resources you believe the campaign is demanding) doesn’t mean that they HAVE to be transferred away from other campaigns. I’m giving time and energy to this, but I’ll happily do the same for other campaigns – and have.

      Sentence 2: That is not our attitude. Violence against men, women, elders, children, ethnic groups, and marginalised groups are all issues of importance. Choosing to address one at a particular time does not preclude addressing others – or the issue of violence as a phenomenon. Campaigning against cancer does not make you pro-dementia because you are not, at that particular moment, campaigning against another horrific disease.

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      • You’re missing the point, but why am I not surprised? I don’t care how much time a bunch of women spend doing interpretive dances against rape in shopping malls; I DO care that they DEMAND that police, social and other publicly funded resources be redirected towards concerns regarding MINORITY violence, thereby reducing the funding available to prevent the MAJORITY of violence, which involves male victims.

        Pep (governments can’t just print more money, you know)

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      • (You haven’t heard of quantitative easing?)

        You are, I think, simplifying the issue. The issues that are raised by One Billion Rising are broader and concern violence AND repression of women across the world.

        Awareness of these issues is important and an event like One Billion Rising, for me, is important in promoting it.

        I would also be interested in an event in Second Life (or real life) that examined the reality of male on male violence, its causes and how it could be ended.

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