One Billion Rising
Strike! Dance! Rise!
One Billion Rising (OBR) is the biggest mass action to end violence against women. Since the launch of the campaign in February 2012, ONE Billion Rising has gained incredible momentum, reaching millions across more than 16 countries and over 5000 organizations and gaining the support of politicians, artists, writers, celebrities, thinkers, activists, non- profits and unions around the world.
OBR says STRIKE! DANCE! RISE! and it was launched on Valentine’s Day 2012. It is a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet face violence as beaten up or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS which adds up with the world population at 7 billion. Therefore, on 14th February, the day of love, people across the world came together to express their outrage, strike, dance and RISE in defiance of the injustice women suffer demanding an end at last to violence against women.
As Asia Safe Abortion Partnership’s Youth Champions in Nepal, we also participated in ONE BILLION RISING campaign this year which says “TIME TO RISE” organized by Women For Human Rights (WHR). Thus year in 2015, we are rising for REVOLUTION.
As being advocates for abortion right of women, denying safe abortion services to women who need, is also violence against women. Likewise forced abortion and abortion without consent of women is also violence against them. A state is responsible to provide safe and legal abortion rights to its citizens. When state denies the safe and legal abortion right of a woman, the state is also committing a crime.
Women and girls, when denied abortion right have only two options whether to commit a crime by terminating the pregnancy, or to continue with the unwanted pregnancy. And these options have life-long devastating implications. This means violation of women’s right to health and to life by restricting or eliminating their right to control their own bodies.
Therefore, Youth Champions Nepal participated in One Billion Rising to let people know that denying access and information to safe abortion is also a kind of violence against women.